Special Needs Assistant Cover Letter

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Mary Gilbert
3930 Clinton Street
Newark, PA 19714

Apr 22, 2013

Ms. Helen Rawls
Lethbridge College
595 Fieldcrest Road
Garden City, NY 11530

Dear Ms. Rawls,

With regards to your posting for a Special Needs Assistant, I would like to offer myself as a candidate for the job. I am a highly qualified teaching assistant, with more than fifteen years’ experience assisting students with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.

I completed the Special Education Assistant program at Capilano University, where my focus was on children with pervasive developmental delays. I also have current certification in emergency first aid and CPR, lifting techniques, nonviolent crisis intervention (NCVI) and basic sign language.

My current posting is as an education assistant in a self-contained special education classroom in a small high school. I assist the special education teacher with lesson planning and delivery, teaching daily living skills, and student supervision. Under the direction of a physiotherapist, I lead the students in an adapted physical education program. I also run a practical skills program in which students learn to budget, shop and prepare meals, and gain experience accomplishing tasks such as managing a recycling collection service and serving hot meals to staff members.

As a member of the school-based multidisciplinary team, I take an active role in developing and implementing student IEPs. I maintain regular communication with students’ families, and am conscientious when it comes to recording each student’s progress. I am a warm and open person, but I believe in challenging students to do their best. I expect them to work hard, and they take pleasure in their achievements!

I would very much like to meet with you to further discuss the job. Please feel free to contact me at (333)-623-3592.



Mary Gilbert

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