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Special Education Teacher

United States
March 01, 2011

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Karen Sanaee

**** **** ******** **., *******, AZ 85296

Cell: 480-***-****; Email:

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE: Multi-talented professional with 18 years of industry related experience, presently aspiring to obtain a training management position within the business industry; interested in utilizing my educational background, along with my vast experience as a trainer, teacher, presenter, and educational coordinator in order to pursue this career transformation.

Training Experience:

Present Program curriculum trainings to school districts, administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals

Present designed seminar to school districts, administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals

Present designed training on ADHD to college students in a pre-Teaching program

INDUSTRY RELATED Licenses and Certificates:

Arizona Dept of Education Standard Elementary (K-8)

Standard Special Education (K-12)

Reading Specialist Endorsement (K-12)

Provisional SEI Endorsement

Early Childhood Endorsement

Currently working towards completion of an Administrative Certificate; focusing on completing SEI requirements for Arizona


Bureau of Education and Research, Bellevue, WA 2005 - 2008


Present self-designed seminar to administrators and teachers across the US on How to Increase the Effectiveness of the Paraprofessional in the Inclusive Setting

Collaborate with participants on strategic plans of implementation

Current on Research

The Leona Group, Phoenix, AZ Dec 2007- Dec 2010

Special Education Coordinator

Maintain accurate school level special education files

Collaborate with general educations teachers on instructing students with special needs

Provide professional development to general education teachers

Maintain all paperwork related to IEP services

Complete Chronic Ill Plans

Develop 504 Plans

Gilbert Unified School District, Gilbert, AZ 2004 - Present

Substitute Teacher

Substitute in regular education classes

Substitute in special education classes

Substitute as a “push-in” in inclusive schools

Success For All Foundation, Baltimore, MD 2001 – Oct 2007

Educational Consultant

Present specialized training on reading instruction for K-8 teachers and administrators

Implementation manager and customer liaison for all assigned sites

Analyze current systems and make recommendations for improvement

Work with outside agencies to help schools/districts meet Federal mandates for AYP

Examine NCLB requirements and reading First requirements

Meet with District personnel and present to Board members

Network with outside facilitators, State Improvement/Solution Team members for failing schools

Use networked spreadsheet for data collection and disaggregating data

Provide classroom coaching to support implementation and connect to Standards Based Instruction

Salt River Elementary School, SRPMIC Schools, Scottsdale, AZ 1996 - 2001


Second grade teacher of children of Pima-Maricopa culture, Success For All Reading and Math, Remedial and Above Grade students (both Primary and Intermediate)

Cooperating Mentor teacher, Arizona State University Student teacher

Cooperating teacher, Arizona State University Interns and tutors

Partner with Salt River High School Language Arts Dept setting up and overseeing a Last Chance Program for HS seniors in danger of dropping out

Salt River Elementary School, SRPMIC Schools, Scottsdale, AZ 1997-2001

Special Education Coordinator

Managed and supervised special education teachers, managed IEPs, scheduling, legal matters

Designed and coordinated Special Education Program that passed the first AZ audit in both special ed and gifted and talented programs (school had previously been exclusively audited through Federal BIA auditors)

Taught Resource Room Language Arts for IEP mandated students

Coordinated the JOM Summer School program, implementing self designed curriculum to meet district, state and federal standards, 5th grade and Kindergarten

Maricopa Middle School, Maricopa, AZ 1995 – 1996

Special Education Teacher

Head of peer mediation program

Oversaw Summer School SpEd classes

Attended IEP meetings

Resource Advisor

Resource Teacher for Middle School Special Education Language Arts curriculum

Administered Alternative Assessments

Developed and presented professional development workshops on SpEd related issues

New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY 1992 – 1995


Fourth grade regular education classroom teacher, PS 256K

Second grade regular education classroom teacher, PS 154K

Substitute Teacher, NYC Board of Education

Frederick Douglas Center

Literacy Instructor 1991 - 1992

Worked with small groups for reading comprehension strategy instruction for ESL adults

Assessed and analyzed progress of ESL students

Ran After School tutoring Program

Paraprofessional 1990 - 1991

Worked as classroom instruction aide with HS age students from other countries

Worked on Literacy Program implemented for those students who could not read at grade level

Worked alongside Master Teacher, Student taught under same teacher


Brooklyn College, BA Elementary Education 1992

Brooklyn College, MS Special Education 1995

University of Phoenix, graduate coursework in Administration, Gifted and Talented, ESL 1996

AZ Dept of Education, Reading Endorsement 2005

AZ Dept of Education, Early Childhood Endorsement 2006


Kappa Delta Phi




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