Colleen DeJong

Colleen D.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School
Experienced Special Education teacher of 7 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of reading skills. I specialize in individualized and adapted instruction, typically use reading books, novels, and articles, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: textbooks, worksheets, novels, practice activities, videos, and recording equipment. I have extensive knowledge and experience in adapting curriculum for all learners and can't wait to work with you!

About Colleen D.

I am a special educator with 7+ years of teaching experience with students ages 5-21. I received my Bachelors Degree in Special Education, my Master's Degree in Curriculum Adaptation, and a minor in Sociology. I am currently a Vocational Coordinator working with students, ages 14-21, on employment skills and on the job training in the community. I have experience teaching math, English, reading, Social Studies, Health, and Science. I am skilled in adapting curriculum to meet individual learning needs.

I am a friendly, caring and responsible individual who has a passion for teaching and helping others. I am involved in and have a leadership role in multiple professional groups. I create lessons that are engaging, stress free, and fun. I connect my instruction to learners' experiences, including real world application.

I am an avid traveler and love to read!


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Master of Science In Learning and Behavior - Curriculum Adaptation Specialist
May 2016 - May 2017

Northeastern Illinois University

Minor - Sociology
Aug 2010 - Dec 2013

Illinois State University

Bachelor of Science in Special Education - Learning and Behavior Specialist
Aug 2010 - Dec 2013

Illinois State University



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TEACCH Autism Program
Feb 2019

University of North Carolina

TEACCH training provides a theoretical foundation as well as hands-on opportunities to assess and teach individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in a demonstration classroom setting. The premise of this foundation is an understanding of the learning styles of individuals with ASD and how to use teaching strategies that capitalize on learning strengths. An emphasis is placed on the use of Structured TEACCHing principles to teach individuals with ASD skills in the areas of academics (literacy and numeracy), communication, independence, social and leisure, vocational, relaxation and coping strategies.
Curriculum Adaptation Specialist
May 2017

Illinois State Board of Education

Professional Educators License
Dec 2013

Illinois State Board of Education


Golden Apple Scholar
Jun 2008

Golden Apple Foundation


Golden Apple Foundation
Jun 2008
Golden Apple is a non-profit organization that works to inspire, develop and support teacher excellence in Illinois, especially in schools of need. Because the critical contributor to student achievement is the quality of the teacher in the classroom, Golden Apple is dedicated to providing exceptional preparation for teachers at all stages of their careers. We identify motivated future educators with diverse backgrounds and through our Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program, provide advance teacher preparation and mentoring both during and after college to ensure their lasting success in challenging teaching environments.

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