James Muller
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Position sought. Special Ed and Social Studies teacher certified 7-12 (7 years experience) Letter of intent followed by resume

Started Feb 4, 2013 0 Replies

James A. Muller jamesamuller9@aol.comP- 516.503.7616January 2012Hello:It is with great interest that I introduce myself as a candidate for aposition with your school district. I come with dual New…Continue

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James A. Muller jamesamuller9@aol.com
Phone- 516.503.7616
Dual NY State certification: Social Studies [7-12] and Special Education [7-12] and Educational Administration (Expected May 2014)

-March 2014: College of Saint Rose: MSED- Educational Leadership and Administration
-May 2011: Touro College, Bay Shore, New York- Special Education Certification 3.6 GPA
May 2006: New York Institute of Technology, New York, NY- Master of Arts 4.0 GPA
December 2003: SUNY Old Westbury, Old Westbury, NY-Social Studies Teacher Certification 3.9 GPA
December 1998: SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY- Bachelor of Arts: History
Ÿ Study abroad- 9/96-12/96, Siena, Italy
Ÿ Study abroad- Summer 1998, London, England

Student Teaching
[9/03-11/03] Hicksville Middle School Hicksville, NY: 8th Grade American History
[11/03-12/03] Syosset High School Syosset, NY: 11th Grade American History

School based extra-curricular activities
Ÿ Hiring committee [Brooklyn Bridge Academy: 2007-2010]
Ÿ UFT Union Representative [Brooklyn Bridge Academy:2008-2009]
Ÿ Leadership committee [Brooklyn Bridge Academy:2008-2009]
Ÿ Inquiry Team [Brooklyn Bridge Academy: 2008-2010]
Ÿ Administrative Intern [The August Aichhorn School: 2013-2014]

Teaching Experience
The August Aichhorn School, Brooklyn, New York [6/12-present]
Special Education Teacher (Social Studies)
Courses taught: Global History, American History
Ÿ Created a safe and enjoyable classroom environment for emotionally disturbed high school students making the
transition from juvenile detention to valuable members of their community.
Ÿ Designed entire New York State compliant global studies curriculum including modifications and methods for the
specific needs of special education students.
Ÿ Utilized data from various sources to determine areas where students were struggling and design appropriate
modifications to improve student performance and decrease frustration.
Ÿ Examined the results of the Woodcock Johnson, other standardized exams and teacher created assessments in order
to develop goals for their individual education plan and improve student performance in school.
Ÿ Administrative intern partially responsible for development of individualized education programs for the entire school

Syosset Home Tutoring, East Northport, NY [10/10-6/12]
Social Studies and Special Education Tutor
Ÿ Tutored medically displaced and suspended special education students from a myriad of Long Island school districts
taking place of their regularly assigned teacher and providing weekly at home instruction.

Brooklyn Bridge Academy [8/07-9/10]
Social Studies Teacher
Courses taught: 9th grade Global Studies, 10th grade Global Studies, Economics, American History
Ÿ Utilized experience and strong classroom management skills and excelled working with academically challenged and
under-credited inner-city high school students.
Ÿ Completion of weekly professional development sessions focused on literacy strategies.
Ÿ Developed curriculum along with school administrators and colleagues that incorporated student learning styles and
assessment data attained from the Power-School program.
Ÿ Strong utilization of daily and weekly data collected through New York State Regents-based examinations and
benchmark assessments to tailor lesson planning directly to improve student performance in class.
Ÿ Collaboration with colleague resulting in a 25 percent pass-rate improvement on New York State global studies
examination between June 2008 and June 2009.
Ÿ Single-handedly developed curriculum that focused on modern real world economics (such as the proper use of credit
accurate use of bank accounts, mortgage/predatory lending and the credit scoring process).
Ÿ Differentiation of instruction to tailor curriculum to aid student performance on New York State social studies regents

Jericho School District, Jericho, New York [9/06-8/07]
Special Education Inclusion Aide
Ÿ Assisted an elementary student classified with Asperger’s Syndrome and a high school level student classified as
emotionally handicapped.
Ÿ Worked collaboratively with directors of Special Education Department, school psychologists and parents to develop
and implement IEP goals specific to individual student.
Ÿ Helped to deliver accommodations and modifications that supported progression in school work and helped curriculum
teachers develop more effective teaching methods for students.

Syosset High School, Syosset, NY [1/04- 6/05]
Courses taught: AP European History, 9th grade Global Studies, 9th grade Global Studies Workshop, 10th grade
Global Studies, 10th grade Global Studies Honors, Criminal Justice
Ÿ Worked diligently with at-risk students with the aim of raising achievement and test scores.
Ÿ Use of writing intensives, literary strategies, pre-teaching of curriculum, post-lesson reviews and daily assessments to
check for understanding.
Ÿ Application of cooperative learning activities, Socratic problem posing questioning and video-streaming, power-point
technologies to create a stimulating environment that allowed students to discover and grasp social studies concepts.
Ÿ Employment of strong classroom management skills to take control over disengaged classrooms.
Ÿ Developed interesting and intense lessons that stimulated and intrigued gifted students by including more advanced
sources, the comparing and contrasting of historical events with modern day events and evaluative summaries into each
Ÿ Set a standard that interested, engaged and assured senior level high school students would be prepared for college
level coursework.

Other work experience
Part-time Wine Educator and Sales
Sannino Bella Vita Winery, Peconic, New York [5/11-present]
Ÿ Learned the finer points of the winemaking process and distinct grape varieties in order to provide tours, sales and wine
tasting experiences to customers and tourists for a successful boutique Long Island winery.
Ÿ Developed relationships with potential and existing clientele along with sales techniques, excelling with on and off-site
sales in a commission based environment.
Ÿ Additionally responsible for off-site marketing, promotion of vineyard events and promotion of the vineyard’s bed and
breakfast throughout metropolitan area New York City.

Television Reporter/Fill-in Anchor
Time Warner Cable 6 News - Hudson Valley, New York [7/05-9/06]
· Acquired live and as live experience as both a field reporter and a fill-in anchor for the Hudson Valley’s popular
news program
· Ability to write cohesive and tight news copy under pressure and tight deadlines.
· Quickly became a respected, trustworthy and recognized face with ability to develop relationships and attain
information from a myriad of officials.

James A. Muller                    jamesamuller9@aol.com

P- 516.503.7616


I currently teach 4 global studies courses differentiated to the needs of special education students at the August Aichhorn Center in Brooklyn, New York.  These students are considered to be some of the most troubled in the New York state juvenile justice system. I utilized my background in urban education and with special needs students to design an entire curriculum that addresses the issues many of these students struggle with. As a result I have successfully created a safe and enjoyable classroom experience for these youngsters.  Our principal has stated on numerous occasions, and through my most recent review, how much the students enjoy my class and how thrilled she is with the gains they have made academically.


My educational position prior to this was with a unique alternative school for the New York City Department of Education. We worked with students who did not do well in a traditional high school for various reasons and transferred to ours. This experience along with weekly professional development in literacy has improved my ability to differentiate lesson planning making it sharper and smarter. I have become fantastic at producing lessons that allow all levels and type of learner an entry point. I couple this, with the wise use of data, to examine where students might be struggling and ensure daily curriculum planning addresses these needs. My background in broadcast journalism and studies abroad in Europe give me a creative approach to topics others simply may just miss.


I come very well recommended from former colleagues and superiors from Syosset High School, to the Jericho UFSD and the New York City Department of Education.

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