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Lena Alonso

753 Pebble Creek Trail, Norcross, GA, 30093 | (786)250-8154| Lena_Alonso@gcps.k12.ga.us

Statement of Purpose
As a special education teacher and lead innovator for my school, I understand how the effective
and frequent use of diverse forms of technology help to promote student engagement and produce a
positive learning environment. My role as a lead tech innovator has allowed me to teach and encourage
educators to integrate new forms of technology within the curriculum. I plan to support classroom
teachers through the implementation of effective technology tools to enhance and engage student
learning. Additionally, I plan to to create new and effective forms of educational technology which I can
share on a global scale.

Education
Specialist in Instructional Technology| Fall 2020 | Kennesaw State University

Master of Science, Special Education | Fall 2016 | Florida International University


· Project PREPARE Cohort
o Endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders
· Project Natural Beginnings Cohort
o Endorsement in Birth to Pre-K Disabilities
· Written Publication in the NASET Journal
o “​Adaptive Functioning for Adolescents with Autism After High School​”
· FIU’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Medallion of Distinction

Bachelor of Science, Exceptional Student Education, K-12 | Fall 2014 | Florida


international University
· Endorsement in ESOL
· FIU’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Medallion of Distinction

Teaching Experience
July 2018-Present Lilburn Elementary School Lilburn, GA
Special Education Teacher
· Fourth/Fifth Grade Specific Learning Disability (SLD) Self-Contained Teacher
· E-Class Lead Innovator
· Extended Learning Time Teacher

A​ugust 2015 to June 9​th​, 2018 Coral Gables Sr. High School Miami, FL
Special Education Teacher
· 9​th​-10​th​ Grade English I, English II, and Critical Thinking Skills Teacher
· 12​th​ Grade ESOL Reading Teacher
· Water Polo Coach

Volunteer and Service Accomplishments


Action Research Implementation & Presentation ​| FIU | ​December 2014-June 2016
· Supported adolescents with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities in performing functional tasks using a
specific first-then schedule application.
· Presented the ​“Functional Skills and Task Performance of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and
Intellectual Disabilities”​ action research at the South Florida Educational Research Conference on June
4​th​, 2016

Counselor/ESE Specialist | Fit kids of America | February 2012-June 2016


· Organized activities for children during after school cares and summer camps.
· Aided students with homework.
· Provided tutoring.
· Helped with problem behaviors by developing FBA’s, BIP’s, and providing behavior interventions.

Skills
· Fluent in Spanish
· G Suite by Google
· Multimedia Platforms: Microsoft Live Movie Maker, Audacity, Nearpod
· Mobile Learning Applications: Apple and Android Apps and devices
· Internet Applications: Web 2.0 presentation and productivity tools
· Basic networking and troubleshooting skills

Leadership Activities
E-Class Lead Innovator​| ​Lilburn Elementary School| ​2018-2019
· Coach and teach educators to use innovative tools in the classroom to enhance learning
· Provide 1:1 support to help teachers integrate technology into their lessons and activities

ESOL Representative​| ​Coral Gables Sr. High school | ​2015-2018


· Participated in ESOL professional developments, based on testing and curriculum changes.
· Organized the information from professional developments and presented it to the school ESOL team.

Water polo coach ​| ​Coral Gables Sr. High school | ​2016-2018


· Trained, and led the girl’s and boy’s water polo team through practices and tournaments.

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