Present-2007: Inclusion Support Teacher in the Stoughton Area School District, Wisconsin*** 2007-1998: Science Teacher,7th Grade*** 1998-1993: Special Education Teacher
Student centered, inquiry based, and differentiated for the success of all.
Kohl Teacher Fellowship Recipient- 2007****** Fellow of the Greater Madison Writing Project (Local affiliate of the National Writing Project)- 2015
Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from UW Madison**** Bachelors in Elementary Education with Science minor from UW LaCrosse
I am passionate about inclusion. I believe that all students can learn in the general education environment with differentiated lessons, accommodations, modifications and support. However, with the ever increasing demands on teachers, this can often be an overwhelming task. My current role, in a highly inclusive district, offers me the opportunity to work with teachers of many different levels and abilities of learners. I support teachers in differentiating curriculum so that all students, of all abilities can access the content at their level. Part of my time is allotted to support 4 year old Kindergarten program for the district. As the coordinator, I facilitate monthly professional development for our teachers on behavioral strategies, literacy, and math so that our earliest learners get a great start on their educational journey. I also collaborate with 6th-12th grade teachers around, basically whatever they need- differentiated, engaging lesson design; data analysis; service delivery for our students with IEP's; tier 2 interventions; and behavior management strategies. However, I'm most excited about the innovative initiative we began in 2013 to improve student writing in all content areas. We are seeing great improvement in our student's writing as a direct result in the strategies our teachers have implemented. Additionally, I have been assisting in redesigning the district's Alternative Education program. This includes revisioning services and developing relevant and rigorous curriculum for our non-traditional students. In order for our students who use the Common Core Essential Elements standards to access the high school general education content, I have been developing curriculum that aligns to the core curriculum, but focuses on reading and writing at an appropriate level for our most significant learners. Those are some of the "rocks" I am responsible for in my role as an inclusion support teacher. All of my experiences have prompted me to start my own consulting business, The Inclusion Revolution, which I hope will provide the education community with ways to make inclusion manageable. The first workshop I offer will be "Strategies to Support Teaching the Writing Process in ALL Content Areas" which will provide teachers with specific strategies to teach writing in their content area. I'm very excited about this new venture and hope that teachers will find great value in what I have to offer.