Resume

kgorham@hotmail.ca / kgorhamblog.wordpress.com


Kourtney Gorham

 Teaching and Instructing Skills

  • Experience working with K-12 students of all abilities, especially with learners diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, reading and math learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, hearing and vision impairments, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and communication (non-verbal) and behavioral disorders (oppositional defiance disorder).
  • Developing and adapting lesson plans that meet the needs of all learners, as well as, the school learning improvement plan.
  • Motivating learners through positive classroom management reinforcements.
  • Collaborating with colleagues in an open-minded and flexible manner when planning for and communicating about students.
  • Facilitating opportunities for student growth, independence, and engagement through extra-curricular activities.

Education

May 2015 – January 2017

Certificate of Extended Studies in Inclusive Education

Overall GPA of 87.62%

 

September 2011 – April 2015                      

Bachelors of Education

Secondary English and Inclusive Education K-12

University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

Overall GPA of 84.21%

 

August 2001 – June 2011                        

Grade Twelve Diploma

Robert Southey School, Southey, Saskatchewan

Awards and Certificates

2015 – 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 for SRC, Grad Decorating, and Yearbook; Senior Girls’ Basketball 2A Provincial Finalists and MVP award; Robert Southey School Student of the Semester

 

Professional Development

2017 – Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training by Brenda Zinn (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 – Nonviolent Crisis Intervention 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

 

Presentations and Publications

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

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 with Professor Deborah Hoffmann for English 100; William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” with Professor Deborah Hoffmann for English 100

 

Teaching Experience

August 2015 – Present

Student Support Teacher (K-2)

School: Westmount School, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

 

August – December 2014          

Intern Teacher (K-12 Student Support and Senior English)

School: Mossbank School, Mossbank, Saskatchewan

Cooperating Teachers: Leanne Rutko and Katie Bumphrey-Letnes

Responsibilities: encourage and support growth of the whole student; communicate and monitor expectations; motivate by positive means; respond fairly and consistently to minor disruptions; attend student-led conferences, IIP meetings, and lead extra-curricular activities; provide student support services, intervention and enrichment; plan instruction that aligns with the Saskatchewan Curriculum and learner needs; provide treaty education and plan for diversity; differentiate content, instructional strategies, resources, and assessment; utilize instructional technology; provide continuous assessment and evaluation; keep digital records of student growth; respect and adhere to the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation; act ethically and socially responsive; address inequities; foster collegial relations through respect, collaboration, and co-teaching; communicate professionally (verbally, written, and non-verbal); engage in critical reflective practice

 

Related Experience

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

 

September 2012 – April 2015                               

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 assessment; develop literacy (essay writing and reading) and organizational (goal setting and time management) skills; assist with career preparation

                                                 

November 2009 – December 2014          

Coaching and Advising

Bantam Boys’ Volleyball, Cross Country, Student Representative Council and We Day Committee, Mossbank School, Mossbank, Saskatchewan (September-December 2014)

Junior Girls’ Basketball, Robert Southey School, Southey, Saskatchewan (November 2009 – June 2011)

Responsibilities: teach the relevant skills; motivate by positive means; plan and facilitate discussions, meetings, competitions, and practices; provide opportunities for student growth and independence; act as a positive role-model

 

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 behavior modification plans; provide attendant care; administer medications under the direction of the camp nurse; assist with medical emergencies; serve, housekeep, and maintain campers’ belongings

 

May 2011 – April 2014                      

Ambassador Leader/Senior

Ambassador Program, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

Responsibilities: act as 1 of 14 University of Regina representatives; plan and promote Welcome Week activities and other social events; organize and execute a fundraiser committee (Camp Easter Seal Steak Night); lead campus tours and Junior/Senior Ambassador training

 

September – 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

 

June 2009 – August 2011                  

Youth Worker

Southey Play Program, Southey, Saskatchewan

Responsibilities: plan and execute activities for children with various abilities ages 5 to 12; clean facility


References 

Leanne Rutko

Principal and English Teacher

Mossbank School

Box 460

Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Canada S0H 3G0

Work Phone: 306-354-2449

Fax: 306-354-2848

Email: rutko.leanne@prairiesouth.ca

Su Huynh, BScN

Camp Easter Seal Manager

Saskatchewan Abilities Council

1410 Kilburn Avenue

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7M 0J8

Work Phone: 306-653-1694

Fax: 306-652-8886

Email: shuynh@abilitiescouncil.sk.ca

Katie Bumphrey-Letnes

Student Support Teacher

Mossbank School

Box 460

Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Canada S0H 3G0

Work Phone: 306-354-2449

Fax: 306-354-2848

Email: letnes.katie@prairiesouth.ca

Faith Savarese

Campus for All Coordinator

Center for Student Accessibility

Student Services

University of Regina

Box 3737

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4S 0A2

Work Phone: 306-585-5067

Email: faith.savarese@uregina.ca

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