I have been teaching Special Education for 19 years. In those 19 years I have been in a variety of classrooms. I have been a Co-teacher in an Inclusion classroom, Resource Room Teacher, Consultant Teacher, and Self Contained Classroom Teacher. I love working with children and helping them step out of their comfort zone while giving them hope that anything is possible. I have taught math, Science, Reading, Writing, Health, Life Skills, Cooking, Social Studies, Economics, functional skills, vocational skills, and Leisure/Recreation.
I am very animated and enjoy bringing fun into learning. I also love integrating technology within my lessons while making them interactive and using many different resources to deliver instruction. I tend to be a hands on and visual learner and try my best to reach all of the diverse needs of my students with a multi-modal approach. I also get my students up and moving.
The rewards I have received over the years are from all of the wonderful students' with whom I have had the honor of teaching. Some of the biggest accomplishments I am proud of was starting a self contained classroom in grades 6-8 from scratch and now we have it k-12. I also was an integral part of introducing inclusion to our school and now we have it k-12.
I am certified as a Reading Specialist K-12, Special Education Teacher Pre-K to 21 and Elementary Education Teacher K-6. I was also an Instructional Associate for BOCES and have worked with children from Pre K-18 and all ranges of disabilities. Some of my strengths are in behavior management and working with Asperger and Autistic children. I also am very comfortable in working with ADHD and CAP students as well. My favorite teaching position was my self contained classroom, because I would have the same students' for 3 years and you really have an opportunity to see the growth!
Using programs, such as word, power-point, smart software, and many more enables me to create unique lessons that are engaging and more appealing. Creating, modifying, and adapting lessons are my strength . My art background helps when I need to be creative in lessons. :) I can make interactive lessons on smart boards as well and they are wonderful for observation lessons because they include all you need right in the presentation. Coming soon will be Science and Social Studies lessons, more NYSAA and Modified Reading Units that align with Reading Street for grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 and other reading series. All items align with the common core! SLOs in math and so much more! The options are limitless!!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Science, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Special Education, Other (Social Studies - History), Professional Development, Word Problems, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Halloween, Spring, Place Value, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Test Preparation