Raquel De Graaf

  • Special Education Associate
  • Pella, IA, USA
  • Nov 14, 2018
Full time Support Staff Special Education Elementary Teaching

Personal Summary

Exceptional leader that is talented at working with children with special needs, communicating with coworkers, and continually furthering my knowledge of Autism and experience with all types of children. Passionate about helping children to reach new milestones and to see their personal growth from day to day.

Work Experience

Day Health Assistant, Day Health Lead
Feb 2017 - Nov 2018

Autism Day Health:

  • Worked with children on the Autism Spectrum
  • Ran daily goals with each of the children
  • Followed care plans of individual children
  • Provide a calm and nurturing environment that allows children of all different abilities to feel comfortable and calm
  • Completed both hourly and daily documentation for Medicaid
  • Worked with both verbal and non-verbal children with different means of communication, including speech devices and sign language
  • Communicated efficiently with other staff and parents while transferring care
  • Reviewing and editing care plans of individual children
  • Running and directing teams of staff in order to ensure all tasks of the day are assigned and accomplished
  • Attending weekly and monthly meetings with other lead teachers and heads of program to discuss potential issues and strengths of the week, along with progress in individual’s goals
  • Communicating with therapists, Early Access workers, and families to ensure all information is properly communicated for the well-being and growth of the child both in our program and in school
  • Working with and along Registered Behavior Technicians with children in both our Autism program and the Applied Behavioral Analysis program
  • Dealing with and creating plans for individual behaviors
Respite Service Assistant
Feb 2017 - Dec 2017

Respite Service Assistant


  • Working with children ages 3-20 in a respite setting on ChildServe’s Campus
  • Reading and understanding care plans of diverse children, including (but not limited to):
  • Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, Genetic disorders, Downs Syndrome, Amblyopia (blindness), Deafness, Health exceptionalities due to premature birth, brain injuries, and birth defects
    • Caring for children
      • Bathing
      • Changing briefs
      • Feeding through puree foods and G-Tubes
    • Documentation and monitoring of children throughout the night, including seizures


High School Diploma
Aug 2008 - May 2012 Pella Christian High School
Credits Earned
Aug 2012 - Jan 2017 Central College