Nikki Spire's Classroom



To obtain a special education teaching position working with students with severe and multi-needs.


Benedictine University, Lisle, IL May 2010
Bachelor of Arts, Special Education
GPA: 3.0/4.0

Student Teaching Experience

Henry Puffer Elementary, Downers Grove, IL Current
  • Teaching and motivating students with Multi-needs
  • Inspiring students to learn
  • Helping the students grow
  • Takes over half the day in the classroom

Preclinical Placement

Nicholson Elementary, Montgomery, IL 2009
  • Taught and encouraged students with severe Learning Disabilities
  • Worked with the Wilson Program
McCleery Elementary, Aurora, IL 2009
  • Taught and Encouraged students with Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders
  • Students in the school are from World Relief Program
  • Worked with the Wilson Program
Steeple Run Elementary, Aurora, IL 2008
  • Encouraged and Taught students with Learning Disabilities
  • Guided students with their guided reading

Related Experiences

Camp Counselor — NWSRA, Camp Sunrise, Bartlett, IL Summer '04 – Current
  • Campers have a range of needs such as Autism, Mental Retardation, Cerprel Paulsy, and Blind
  • Help the students achieve great things in a safe controlled environment
  • Each counselor has four to five campers
Volunteer, Misericordia Home, Chicago, IL 2000 – Current
  • Sister lives at Misericordia, Severe Profound
  • Participate frequently in fund raising and social activities
Aide, Rupley Elementary, Elk Grove, IL 2005 – 2006
  • Observed in a classroom with students with Autism
  • Gave support when the teacher or aides needed my help
Life Guard, Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove, IL 2005 – 2006
  • Monitored students during the swim time in PE
Volunteer, Mt. Prospect Day Care Center, Mt. Prospect, IL 2001 – 2002
  • Volunteered helping young children form relationships with others in a safe controlled learning environment

Honors and Awards

Kappa Delta Pi 2008 – Current
  • Board Member in Kappa Delta Pi


  • Swimming
  • Band
  • Art
  • Choir