I am entering my 31st year in special education. The majority of that time has been spent working directly with students with autism. I have taught every age level from the very young students to my current position of the past 10 school years of coordinating a special education transition program for students ages 18-21.
My teaching philosophy is pretty simple; Do the very best I can to provide an individualized program within a structured setting in a positive and caring manner for the students and the families. The most important principle to be followed is respect. Respect for the students, the families, our staff, and the community. Everything revolves around respect and providing a positive and proactive learning environment as we try to help students and families prepare for the future.
Lipinski Outstanding Teaching award from the Autism Society of Michigan-1995 The Chamber of Commerce of Grandville, MI-"Citizen of the Year" award in 2010 for the integration of our school program into the community.
B.A.-Special Education-Learning Disabilities-Hope College-1984 M.A.-Special Education-Autism-Western Michigan University-1992 30 years of teaching special education in West Michigan.
My passion is helping students with special needs and their families put together a framework of success for the future. Assisting in the planning for the future while giving each student a wonderful experience while in our program is my goal. The principles that I have learned over my career carry over into whatever setting in special education that you may serve. If I can pass some of that experience on to help someone else reach their goals, then I will feel like anything I contribute to this site has been worthwhile.