12 years working with youth-at-risk in grades 9-12 1 year working with behavioral challenged kids grades 6-8 1 year general education Kindergarten 1 year genteral education grade 6 6 years working with Developmentally Delayed grades 8-12 5 years work with learning Disabilities grades 6-12
For 27 years my passion in public school education was in the area of teaching the as-risk population, special needs, and students with learning disabilities. My philosophy has always been to meet the students at their emotional and intellectual level then guide them to the desired outcome. I use teaching strategies that combine positive reinforcement and natural consequences that allow students to process the cause and effect of their own learning and behaviors. Teaching courage, confidence, self-reliance and self-determination is important for mental health and wellness. When students master these attributes they have the freedom to reach their highest potential. When students learn how to master their emotions and thoughts they are better prepared to handle the stressful situations that life tosses in their paths. I am committed to providing a balance curriculum that empowers students to live, learn and excel under stressful conditions and in ways that honors themselves and others.
Teacher of the year from Cascade Middle School presented by PTA 2007 Ambassador of the Month award 4 times for Federal Way Chamber of Commerece 2009-2010
M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction Multidisciplinary Education Lesley University, Boston, MA. 1991 BA Education Washington State University, Pullman, WA. 1978
Designed and implemented various anger management and peer mediation programs â€¦.for youth in grades 6-12. Authored Bullying Curriculum 2012 Co-designed and instructed school wide intake program for youth-at-risk seeking a â€¦.acceptance in alternative school setting. Opened first school in Washington State designed to accommodate violent youth ages â€¦.released from state detention centers. Author of 3 professional development programs for adults desiring to decrease stress, fear, anxiety and procrastination and increase balance in life, fincial revenue and happiness.