I began my career in 1998, working as a high school student volunteer then substitute. When I graduated in 1999, I was employed to work with severely disabled children. I worked with them (and thoroughly LOVED it) until 2006, when I began teaching. I taught kindergarten for 7 years. I had a break in service at 3 years and stayed home with my 2 sons (then 7 and 1), homeschooling my oldest for his 2nd grade year. In 2013, our family moved to TN. I was the assistant teacher in a juvenile facility that housed 16 boys, ages 14-18, until I was hired as the ELA Special Education teacher at the middle school I am currently at.
I would have to say my style of teaching is kinesthetic. I like for my students to hear, see, and do. That's how I learn best and I have found that using a lot of hands-on and having the kids re-teach helps them retain what I have taught them.
I was featured in two of the local newspapers for the snack pack program I began and Teacher of the Year (2013) @ Middleton-Burney Elementary in Crescent City, FL.
I have a BA in Elementary Ed. with Exceptional Education and ESOL endorsements. I'm currently working towards my Master's in Special Education.
I founded the Mighty Bees Snack Packs program at Middleton-Burney Elementary in FL. The program's start date was January 31, 2012. Each week, students in need of food for the weekend receive bags/snack packs that volunteers have packed for them. By the end of 2013, there were 171 students receiving bags of food on Fridays. www.theinspiringteacher.blogspot.com
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