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Beth A.

Zajaceskowski
44 Lee Avenue
Gloversville, NY 12078
(518) 332-1905
bethzaje@gmail.com
Online Portfolio: www.weebly.com/bethzaje (Under Construction)

EDUCATION
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
DEGREE: M.S. in Inclusive Special Education 7-12 (Generalist)
Anticipated Completion: August 2015
Content Area Concentration: Arts and Humanities
GPA- 3.8/4.0
Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
DEGREE: B.S. in Music Education (K-12 dual certificate)
September 2010-May 2014
Concentration: K-12 General Music, Choral and Instrumental Performance
Senior Thesis: Including Students with Special Needs in the General Music Classroom (Expected

publication date: May 2016)


GPA- 3.8/4.0

Gloversville High School, Gloversville, NY


September 2006-June 2010
Graduated 25th in class out of 185

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Student Teacher at Roberts School (K-8) (Syracuse City School District), Syracuse, NY
January-May 2015
Held teacherly duties such as lesson planning, lesson implementation, lesson plan differentiation for

students with disabilities, assisting students one-on-one in the classroom, implementing behavior
analysis studies, co-teaching with general education teachers, and more.
Courses taught:
- 7th Grade ELA Tutorial (Solo)
- Math 7 - Geometry (Co-teaching)
- Science 7 - General Science (Co-teaching)

Student Teacher at Jamesville-Dewitt High School, Syracuse, NY


September-December 2014
Held teacherly duties such as lesson planning, lesson implementation, lesson plan differentiation for

students with disabilities, tutoring small groups of students in a resource setting, assisting students
one-on-one in self-contained settings, monitoring progress on IEP goals, and more.
Courses taught:

Resource Room (Variety of subjects)


Teaching Assistant in 12:1:1 Academic Support (Variety of subjects)
Teaching Assistant in Inclusive 9th Grade ELA Class (ELA)
Teaching Assistant in Self-Contained Classroom (Mathematics)
Lead Teacher in Math Direct Instruction (12:1:1) (Mathematics)

Student Teacher at Fonda-Fultonville Central Schools, Fonda, NY


September-December 2013
Held teacherly duties such as lesson planning, lesson implementation, leader of chorus rehearsals,

assisting with study halls, and recess duty with Kindergarten students.
Worked closely with students of all abilities in diverse educational settings.
Courses taught:
- Elementary: K-4 General Music
- Middle School: 5-8 General Music, 5-6 Chorus, 7-8 Chorus
- High School: Mixed Chorus, Select Chorus, AP Music Theory

Private Lessons (four students)


September 2012-Present
Taught 4 students between the ages of 7 and 10 the basics of singing and playing the piano.
Job Corps
September-December 2012
Tutored ELL students from diverse backgrounds in numerous subjects such as Math and Science at
the Oneonta Job Corps.

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
Exceptional Family Resources, Syracuse, NY
March 2015-Present
Currently employed as a respite care provider to a 16-year old boy with Autism.
Job duties: Assisting boy in every day activities such as feeding and bathing, and accompanying him

on trips of his choice around Syracuse. It is also a goal to move the boy toward independence in and
out of his home.
Continuing training and work with Facilitated Communication practice.

Enable, Syracuse, NY
May 2014-Present
Currently employed as an in-home assistant to a 16-year old boy with Autism.
Job duties: Assist boy in every day activities such as feeding and bathing, and accompany him on

trips of his choice around Syracuse.


Received initial Facilitated Communication training.

Pathfinder Village Camp Counselor, Edmeston, NY


July 2012-August 2013
Worked as a music camp counselor at Pathfinder Village camp, a camp for people with Down

Syndrome.
Assisted in all daily camp activities, including at-home assistance for the campers during their stay.

Beth Zaje Project, Gloversville, NY

February 2008-Present
Professional Singing Career
100+ hours in the studio using music technology to record debut album, Hang With Me.
Perform continuously around New York State in numerous well-known events such as the Utica
Boilermaker 15K post-race concert and the NYS Fair.

COLLEGE PARTICIPATION, HONORS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS


College Participation
NAfME: National Association for Music Educators
September 2010-May 2014
- Held leadership positions as Vice-President and Secretary for Hartwick Colleges music educators
club.

Sigma Alpha Iota: National Academic Music Fraternity for Women


April 2012-May 2014
- Held leadership roles as Vice-President of Ritual and Communicating Secretary.
- Led numerous community service events for the fraternity.
Pi Lambda Theta: Education Honors Society
May 2013
- Initiated due to dedication and hard work in the field of education.
Participation in Prague Choral Festival
July 2011
- Participated in a nationally recognized choral festival, led by world-renowned conductors, Anton
Armstrong and Andre Thomas in the Czech Republic.

Honors
The Perella Foundation Music Scholarship
May 2012
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For being an academically determined student demonstrating a high promise in the field of music.

Saxton Scholar Award


May 2013
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For dedication and hard work within the music department.

Sigma Alpha Iota College Honor Award


May 2013
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For significant academic achievement and consistent community service within the fraternity.

Sigma Alpha Iota Academic Award


May 2014
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For having the highest GPA amongst graduating music education majors within the fraternity.

Community Involvement and Volunteerism Award

May 2014
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Award for completing 150 volunteer hours dedicated to bettering the lives of students in an
educational setting.
500+ hours of working with students with special needs in diverse settings.

Achievements
Deans List - Undergraduate
May 2011-May 2014
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7/8 semesters

Deans List - Graduate


May 2014-May 2015
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3/3 semesters

SPECIAL TRAINING

Safe Space Training: Special training to ensure educators are providing a safe and
encouraging learning environment for a diverse student population, especially those who
identify as LGBTQ.
Proficient in Spanish
Obtained training in Facilitated Communication
SmartBoard Training: Learned the ins-and-outs of the SmartBoard and its associated
technology, and how it can positively impact student learning.