Damian Forrest

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Summary

Distinguished Naval Officer and Aviator transitioning after nearly 20 years to a second career in special education. Additionally, has been a part of the service industry for over 20 years in both casual and fine dining settings. Well versed in wine both domestically and world wide as evidenced by completing the CMS Level One course.

Distinguished Naval Officer and Aviator transitioning after nearly 20 years to a second career in special education. Additionally, has been a part of the service industry for over 20 years in both casual and fine dining settings. Well versed in wine both domestically and world wide as evidenced by completing the CMS Level One course.

Work Experience
  • Server

    Bistro CacaoWashington, DC, US
    Apr. 2013 to Present (4 years and 5 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Head waiter

  • Early Childhood Special Ed Teacher, Tyler Elementary School

    Jan. 2013 to Present (4 years and 8 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Teach social-emotional skills, adaptive skills, language, early literacy, math and motor skills in a Reggio Inspired, Inclusion Preschool class where 25% of students in the class received special education services.
    • Participate in all IEP meetings, IEP development and in class work towards achieving IEP goals for over a half dozen students.

  • Teaching Assistant, Preschool Autism Class

    Aug. 2012 to Dec. 2012 (4 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Provided academic, social, and emotional support to pre-school children on the Autism Spectrum within a self-contained classroom environment
    • Utilized Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a primary behavioral management practice with two and three year olds in order to aid in improvement of verbal skills (receptive and expressive), and social emotional skills such as self soothing and socialization.

  • Career Naval Officer

    UNITED STATES NAVY
    Jan. 1993 to Jan. 2012 (18 years and 12 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander after promotions up through the enlisted and then officer ranks. Qualified to work on Nuclear Reactors, Instruct students in becoming reactor operators, and later qualified to fly strike aircraft
    • Awarded the Air Medal for Combat during operation Iraqi Freedom with a bronze star and "V" for valor amongst a number of other high profile awards and medals
    • Maintain a Top Secret Clearance and am one of a select few officers in the military to have qualified to be an advisor to the Navy SEALS during a combat tour in Iraq.

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