My teaching approach is to provide a safe place where each student works at their own pace while making learning gains. Students are given the opportunity to make real life connections to the lessons helping to prepare them for a career in the international world of work. Thinking outside the box is encouraged, creativity is part of our classroom and reinforcement for character education, integrity, and self care.
I am a published author, TEDx speaker, English teacher, Dean of Guidance, and lPC on line and have taught both inner city and rural in Ohio and Florida for over 25 years. I have spoke to crowds as little as one and as large as a thousand, each being as important as the other. I have two masters and three certifications in the state of Ohio.
April L. Kirkwood, M.S.Ed.,
NCC Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Certified in Ohio for both English 6-12 and Guidance k-12
__________________________________________________________________ Professional Profile
Licensed Professional Counselor, Two Masters of Science in Education from Youngstown State University - Community Counseling and School Counseling and National Certified Counselor with clinical expertise in the treatment of dual diagnosis, addiction, family, marriage, and children.
Ohio License Number # C.1700832
National Board Certified Counselor #633869
Ohio Certification in English # YU1006096
Ohio Certification in K-12 Guidance # YU(concealed information)
Dedicated and impassioned professional with a stellar record of experience and achievement in education and mental health assessing emotional, educational, and life skill needs utilizing the ‘whole’ being with eclectic theories and strategies to assist each and every human arrive at a place of peace, healing, and productivity.
Clinical Professional Summary
Group facilitator providing three IOP groups for addicts in recovery addressing issues of mind, body, and spiritual matters for their toolbox as they move forwards after completion.
Mental health therapist with Dual Diagnosis as well as couples and family meetings.
Completed intake assessments, providing community resources, develop individualized treatment plans with DSM-V.
Knowledge of ASAM using Best Notes electronic records of all aspects of case managements in a centralized data base.
In patient hospital for adults and adolescents with treatment team experience, intake, out take, referral, team meetings, individual and group.
Partial Program instructor for summer school program for elementary and middle school students providing remedial instruction for academic gaps as well as character education programs.
Instructor providing parenting Classes for Court Ordered Absenteeism.
Consultant with mental health facility as school behavioral therapist working with RTI and staff providing school based therapy adjunct to family and therapy done in office setting.
Educational Professional Summary
RTI core member, PBS spokesperson, 504 plan coordinator, benchmarks, FCAT coordinator and point person for parent/teacher conferences.
Developed innovative approaches that were repeatedly held up as the model standard for meeting district goals in areas including technology integration across the curriculum, experiential learning, literacy and diversity for high school teachers in FCAT preparation. Taught general education students as well as individuals with learning challenges and special needs within a mainstreamed, inclusive classroom.
Consistently commended for ability to deescalate parent issues with staff and create communications to help students and parents set and meet academic and behavior goals.. Team leader in classroom principals of learning and Keynote speaker for Differentiation in
Designed and taught divorce support groups for elementary and middle school students. School-to-Work Consultant for regional alliance recruitment, meetings, and marketing creating grass roots programs for career education k-12.
Adult Basic Education instructor teaching G.E.D., life skills for adults with learning, and career education.
Removed a child from a home in crisis not aware that Mother would be murdered two days later.
Worked as liaison for burn female teenager helping her receive a grant to a weekend girl’s makeover ranch in California.
On 911 worked with temporary principal in place helping to create a safe environment and called upon to make managerial decisions on events of the day.
Public speaker for early childhood trauma and the effects of adult relationships.
Peer Mentor for new teachers in English Department bringing state test scores up five points from previous year in learning gains.
Keynote speaker for Differentiation in the Classroom at regional Midwest Conference.
On Demand Counseling, Youngstown, Ohio.
Mental Health Therapist and group facilitator for IOP program working with dual diagnosis in the field of addiction.
Port St Lucie Schools, PSL, Florida
Dean of Guidance (K-4 and 5-8), 7/08-6/10
D & E Counseling, Youngstown, Ohio
School Behavior Consultant D & E Counseling (elementary and high school), 10/07-7/08
Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs, Florida
High School Language Arts Instructor (honors and gen. Ed) 10/05-9/07 Returned to Ohio to take care of terminal parent.
References Furnished upon request.
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