My mom really should have named me "The Optimizer", but I"m guessing it didn't look too cute embroidered on a swaddle blanket. For as long as I can remember, I've loved organization and efficiency. In every position I've held, I improved processes, documents, and file management. I'll be honest, in order for me to perform at my highest level I have to get organized, own the content, and expedite procedures.
Here are a couple of examples of my optimization skills:
Intervention Evaluation Documents - As an intervention specialist I worked with struggling students who needed constant evaluation and program adjustments. When I began this position, I quickly found out that there were not set documents created for this evaluation — and it was being conducted in every K-8 school across the district. In order for my students to have equity, I created standard documentation. The director of the program adopted my entire system and asked each intervention specialist to implement. A consistent data set was established, time was saved, students progressed, and information was tracked. Below, you'll find the presentation I created for my students as a visual aid in clearly explaining how they graduate out of this intervention program. Transparency is important for all students. The documents consist of the entry and exit forms I created by predetermining the essential data sets, and the form for the district-wide program, which adopted my guiding data sets.
Read 180 Classroom Systems - Every classroom teacher creates management systems for procedures, document management, and transitions. However, I inherited an intervention classroom with built-in processes, a ton of materials, computer programs, and individualized learning programs for each of my 37 students. These are the students that depended on my highest level of performance. I spent the 2 months prior to school starting redesigning every system, organization of materials, assessment schedules, and class transitions. With clear procedures and assessment goals, students knew their end goals. Within 2 years, more students had graduated out of my program than the previous 4 years combined.
Enrollment Services Policies and Procedures eHandbook - I took a new position as an Enrollment Services Representative at a community college. It was a low staffed department with many students who wanted to enroll and registered in-office. As an aid for my own training, I took notes on every advisor session I observed including: questions, documentation used, special situations, referenced rules, and database navigation. I filled an entire notebook. I needed something that would be easier to reference in my own advising meetings.