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Kourtney Gorham

TEACHING AND INSTRUCTING SKILLS

  • Experience working with K-12 students of all abilities, including learners diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder, Intellectual Developmental Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Specific Learning Disorder, and communication disorders.
  • Writing and implementing attainable Inclusive Intervention Plan goals and supports for students and their families with consultation of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Gathering and interpreting data to document student growth and guide Positive Behaviour Support Planning.
  • Collaborating with colleagues in a flexible and confidential manner when planning for and communicating about students.
  • Developing and adapting instruction and assessment that meet the needs of all learners, including English as an Additional Language learners, in an inclusive classroom environment.
  • Motivating learners through positive classroom management techniques.
  • Facilitating opportunities for student growth, independence, and engagement through extracurricular activities.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

August 2015 – Present                             

Student Support Teacher (K-2)

School: Westmount Elementary School, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Responsibilities: know each learner by name, need, and strength; support students in inclusive, age-appropriate environments; act as team lead in meetings; consult the multidisciplinary team when goal setting and accessing supports; gather and interpret data; keep accurate documentation; advocate and plan for diversity; support classroom teachers through collaborative instructional planning that aligns with the Saskatchewan Curriculum, school Learning Improvement Plan, and learner needs; differentiate content, instructional strategies, resources, and assessments; monitor and document effectiveness of interventions, such as Levelled Literacy Intervention; communicate expectations and positively motivate learners; provide continuous assessment and feedback; provide direction to Educational Assistants; respect and adhere to the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Code of Professional Ethics/Standards of Practice and the Education Act, 1995; engage in critical reflective practice

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RELATED EXPERIENCE

October 2017 – Present                             

Special Olympics Moose Jaw Community Executive Secretary

Special Olympics Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Responsibilities: record meeting minutes and develop written documents for the Community Executive Council; communicate with the Special Olympics Saskatchewan provincial office; support and oversee Special Olympics Saskatchewan sport programs in the community; develop monthly newsletters and social media communications; recruit volunteers and donors; act as chair of meetings when required

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December 2015 – Present                             

Coaching and Advising

Active Start/Fundamentals Coach (January 2018 – Present)

Special Olympics Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Girls’ A Basketball Coach (December 2015 – Present)

Westmount School, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Responsibilities: differentiate instruction to teach sport-specific skills; motivate by positive means; plan and facilitate competitions and practices; provide opportunities for student growth and independence; act as a positive role model

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February 2015 – July 2015                         

Autism Interventionist

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Child and Youth Services, Autism Services, Regina, Saskatchewan

Responsibilities: administer discrete-trail-training and the Picture Exchange Communication System through faded prompting and reinforcements to meet the programming goals of pre-school aged children; keep specific, objective data; provide and plan for community socialization programming and respite care; communicate progress to both parents and clinicians

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September 2012 – April 2015                      

Campus for All Literacy Tutor

Campus for All, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

Responsibilities: provide social opportunities and connections for adults with varying abilities; model positive social relationships; motivate by positive means; act as a guide on the side; assist with the completion of modified course assignments; differentiate content, instructional strategies, resources, and assessments; develop literacy, organizational, goal setting, and time management skills; assist with career preparation

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July 2011 – July 2015                         

Senior Counsellor (February – August 2014)

Medication Counsellor (May 2012 – August 2013)

Counsellor-in-Training (July – August 2011)

Camp Easter Seal, Saskatchewan Abilities Council, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Responsibilities: ensure safety, welfare, comfort, enjoyment, and independence of campers ages 6 to 70+ with level 2 to 4 care needs; assist with recruitment, interviews, and staffing; provide adequate, continuous training to all staff; provide constructive, unbiased verbal and written feedback and conflict resolution; review camper files and act as case manager; work as a liaison between the care provider, camp manager, camp nurses, counsellors, and dietitian; implement behaviour modification plans; provide attendant care; administer medications under the direction of the camp nurse; assist with medical emergencies; serve, housekeep, and maintain campers’ belongings

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May 2011 – April 2014                      

Ambassador Leader/Senior

Ambassador Program, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

Responsibilities: represent University of Regina; plan and promote Welcome Week activities and social events; organize and execute a fundraiser committee (Camp Easter Seal Steak Night); lead campus tours and Junior/Senior Ambassador training

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September 2013 – December 2013          

Tutor Mentor

Campion College, Regina, Saskatchewan

Responsibilities: assist instructor with delivery, differentiation, and assessment of English 100; provide one-on-one tutoring and feedback

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EDUCATION

September 2018 – Present                             

Masters of Educational Psychology

University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

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May 2015 – January 2017                                

Certificate of Extended Studies in Inclusive Education

University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

Overall GPA of 87.62%

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September 2011 – April 2015                      

Bachelors of Education

Secondary English and Inclusive Education K-12

University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

Overall GPA of 84.21%

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August 2001 – June 2011                        

Grade Twelve Diploma

Robert Southey School, Southey, Saskatchewan

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AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES

2016 – Dean’s Honour List

2015 – Academic Silver Prize; Regina Sunshine Preschool Society Prize; Dean’s Honour List

2014 – Amber MacLeod Scholarship in Special Education; Dean’s Honour List; UR Guaranteed Program Student of the Year

2013 – Centennial 2011 Legacy Award

2012 – UR Guaranteed Program Faculty of Education Student of the Year; City of Regina Henry Baker Scholarship; University of Regina Alumni Association Scott Irving Spirit Award

2011 – Rural Student Entrance Scholarship; Harold and Florence Mosley Entrance Scholarship; Centennial Merit Plus Scholarship; Prairie Valley Student Leadership Award; Conexus Community Leadership Award; Southey Lions Award; RSS English Excellence Award; Henry J. Werner Award; Prairie Valley Teachers’ Association Scholarship; Valuable Service Award; Senior Girls’ Basketball 2A Provincial Finalists and MVP; Robert Southey School Student of the Semester

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

2019 – Relationships and Powerful Parenting by Dr. Jodi Carrington, Ph.D.; Be Safe Training by Red Cross; Math Supports at Tier 2 by Prairie South School Division; Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training by Brenda Zinn, BSW (Prairie South School Division); Positive Behaviour Learning Cycle Professional Development by Prairie South School Division; The Trauma Aware Educator by Dr. Kay Ayre

2018 – Comprehensive Learning Framework Review; Teaching Every Reader by Anna Geiger, MEd and Becky Spence, MEd; Standard First Aid and CPR by Red Cross

2017 – Sport Competition Workshop by Special Olympics Saskatchewan; Making Ethical Decisions by National Coaching Certification Program; Respect in Sport by Saskatchewan Sport Inc.; Early Childhood Development by Cara Chow, BScOT and Shay Chub, BA, MSc; Creating a Classroom Calming Kit by Louise Burridge, BScH, BScOT, MEd; Behaviour Learning Cycle by Prairie South School Division; EAL Promising Practices by Prairie South School Division; Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training by Brenda Zinn, BSW (Prairie South School Division); Struggling Readers Conference by Joyful Literacy; Writing Professional Development by Prairie South School Division

2016 – Reading Professional Development by Prairie South School Division; Different, Not Less by Temple Grandin

2015 – Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training by Autism Resource Center (Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region)

2014 –  Student Support Teacher Meeting by Prairie South School Division; Reading Professional Development by Prairie South School Division; Teaching Treaties in the Classroom Workshop by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner

2013 – Peer Support – Identifying Struggling Students by the Centre for Student Accessibility, University of Regina; Facilitating Icebreakers Training by Troy Stende; Stress Management and Listening Skills by the Ambassador Program, University of Regina

2012 – Regina Anti-Gang Services (RAGS) Presentation

2011 – Gangs in Schools by Regina Police Services

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PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

2015 – Inclusive Education Workshop to ELNG 350 Pre-Internship Students with Taylor Herback, BEd

2014 – Publication in Campion College Alpha Sigma Nu Journal Vol. 5.1: “Reinforcing and Challenging the Social Order through Clothing: Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night.”

2013 – Grammar seminars and lesson on William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” with Professor Deborah Hoffman for English 100

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ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS

  • Memberships: Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation; The Attic Spin Studio
  • Personal Interests: writing, reading, and biking
  • Volunteering: Help Portrait Moose Jaw; Special Olympics Saskatchewan Summer Games

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References upon request. 

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