Heather Rutherford

3750 S. Yampa St, Aurora, CO 80013 • 303-332-7457 • hmrutherford99@gmail.com

Highlights of Qualifications
Four years of experience working with children with severe needs. Skilled in differentiating instruction,
adapting and modifying general education curriculum to enable student success. Strong communication
and collaboration skills. Passionate about providing students with severe needs access and
opportunity to experience educational success.

Professional Experience
08/2013 to Present
Cherry Creek Schools, Summit Elementary
Aurora, CO
Before and After School Program (BAS) Support Leader /Assistant Director
 Provide support for a student with severe needs in the before and after school program.
 Communicate with parents regarding their child’s activities, and behaviors.
 Provide a structured, visual schedule for a student with severe needs.
 Assist the director in managing the BAS program and supervising staff and students.
 Assist the director in completing all state student age child care program licensing requirements.
08/2014 to 10/2014
Cherry Creek Schools, Summit Elementary
Aurora, CO
Student Teacher - ILC
 Collaborated with general education teachers to provide students with severe needs opportunity and
access to their general education classrooms.
 Provided differentiated instruction to allow students to make progress towards their IEP goals.
 Designed and implemented work systems for students who are severely impacted by their disability.
 Completed formal and informal testing to help create student goals.
 Incorporated assistive technology to facilitate communication for students who are non-verbal.
 Created and implemented progress monitoring systems to facilitate consistent data collection for
each student in the ILC program.
08/2011 to 06/2014
Cherry Creek Schools, Summit Elementary
Aurora, CO
Special Education Para - ILC
 Provided direct instruction for students with severe needs in their general education classrooms.
 Modified writing assignments and thinking maps on a laptop to provide access for a student with
severe motor control issues.
 Coached students to self-advocate and communicate their needs to adults.
 Collaborated with community businesses to provide Community Based Instruction for the students in
the severe needs program; allowing students to apply learned skills in real world situations.
02/2011 to 06/2011
Cherry Creek Schools ECE, Polton Elementary
Aurora, CO
Early Childhood Para Educator – Autism Program
 Provided one-on-one support for students with autism.
 Fostered social interactions by providing guided play activities during center time.
02/1998 to 06/2000
United States Air Force – Active Duty
Emergency Actions Controller
 Responsible for processing and transmitting emergency action messages and operational reports for
all Air Force bases in the Pacific region.
 Received an Honorable Discharge in June 2000.

Education and Training
08/2011 to Present

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, CO

Bachelor of Arts in Special Education Generalist – Degree Expected 12/2014

Teacher Licensure K-12


U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training

Lackland AFB, TX