Mr. Logsdon celebrating National Talk like a Pirate Day, which is held every year on (or around) September 19.

Mr. Logsdon

Hey there! Thank you for visiting my online teaching portfolio. My name is Ron Logsdon and have had the pleasure of being an educational superstar since 2007.

Getting to Know You

(Well, rather me.)

Teaching Resume

(217) 971-5802
rlogsdon@sps186.org
trlogsdon@me.com


1815 Seven Pines Road, Apt. 1
Springfield, IL 62704

Experience

Springfield, IL Public Schools District #186
October 2014 – Present

Paraprofessional Educator, 1:1 working with students and staff in a self-contained life skills classroom, EC/DK, 3-5 and K-2 Cross-Categorial classroom.

Chatham, IL School District
2014

Paraprofessional substitute

Grundy Country Special Education Cooperative
November 2007 – May 2014

Paraprofessional working closely with students and staff in the general education, cross-categorial, resource, and self-contained settings.

Education

Grand Canyon University, Arizona
2019 – Present

Masters in Special Education

Blackburn College, Illinois
2003 – 2007

Bachelors in Graphic Design

Skills, Qualifications, and Licensure

  • ISBE Paraprofessional Educator Licensure & Endorsement (2009 – 2023)
  • Crisis Prevention International – Associate (2018-present)
  • In-depth knowledge of classroom technology including Mac and Windows computers, tablets, smartboards, projectors, Zoom, streaming technology, augmented communication programs (PECS), and devices (Go-Talk and Proloquo).
  • Designing, presenting, and working with Boardmaker native application, Boardmaker Online, and Smartboard Notebook classroom presentations, lessons, and activities. 
  • Ability and experience performing instructional and non-instruction duties as well as clerical and material preparation. Further, maintaining an open dialogue between all members of a child’s educational team.
  • Changing, feeding, transporting, assisting, etc. students with physical and other impairments.
  • Ability to document accurately. 
  • In-depth knowledge and experience working within the ‘Prompt Hierarchy.’

Letters of Recommendation

My Teaching Philosophy

The student teaching process for me was different from the traditional teacher candidates due to my years as a paraprofessional educator. As such, my learning process has been ongoing since 2008 when I began in special education. I’ve been gifted with this opportunity to learn from other educators their classroom management techniques, how to interact with students, and basically how to do things and how not to do things.  

Taking these theories and placing them into practice has certainly been a fun experiment. Therefore, I feel my philosophy of teaching has naturally developed over the course of the previous decade. When one starts from a place of love, all other things seem to fall into their proper place. This includes loving both the art of teaching as well as loving the primary purpose of the position: the child themselves. Absent this love, any effort is wasted.  

The resent shifts in education to a more technology-forward classroom are like a gift, bow and all, for me. As a deep lover and early adopter of technology, I am already using new engagement strategies in the classroom teaching my fellow teachers as I go. My go-to tool is the iPad pro streaming to an Apple TV/projector where I can write, highlight, and manipulate items on the screen.  

Approaching teaching with a missional perspective is perhaps what has most driven me through this entire process and I would point to as my ‘why.’ Principle Davis of Franklin Middle School (Springfield, IL) often reminds his staff to think of our ‘why,’ or the reason we entered the teaching profession. I enter each day with the goal of going into the classroom and loving each of them. From that, all other things happen in their own way.  

Ron Logsdon
(217) 971-5802
trlogsdon@me.com • rlogsdon@sps186.org