I am certified in both special education and art education. I earned a Master of Science Graduate Degree in Severe Special Education and an undergraduate degree in Art Education. I have seven years of experience teaching special education at the elementary school level and four years teaching art at the elementary and middle school level. I also spent one year teaching high school art at a therapeutic day school. I currently teach art grades k-6 during the day in a title 1 public school and Art and Digital Photography in the evenings as an adjunct instructor for a virtual public middle/high school. As a virtual instructor I teach students in grade 5-8 through an online curriculum. Instruction is made possible through assignment postings, a virtual classroom, discussion forums, collaborative sessions, oral quizzes and virtual meetings. I hold office hours and appointment hours where students can access my support and meet in the virtual classroom to troubleshoot problems. Prior to working in my current positions in New Hampshire and Connecticut, I worked as a special education teacher in Massachusetts. In this position I worked directly with both general education and special education students in the general education setting. I worked to educate my students in the least restrictive environment and create an inclusive classroom that supports the needs of all students in all academic, social-emotional and curriculum areas. I taught both whole group and small group instruction and design curriculum for each individual student’s needs. I conducted assessments, research based interventions, and developed Individualized Education Program (IEP) components for the education of children with autism and other developmental disorders. In this position I also conducted staff trainings in the area of communication disorders and presented at the Blue Ribbon Schools, Blueprint for Excellence Conference. I have also worked as a high school Special Education Art Teacher in MA. As a teacher and counselor in this position I created an array of curriculum variations to meet the needs of each student and gained administrative skills by supervising the internship program Farr Works at the Farr Academy. This program contained a simulated job setting where I acted as employer, guiding students to be paid employees and learn essential life and vocational skills. I have taught seventh and eighth grade Visual Art. In this position I designed a curriculum that focused on various subject matter such as art history, world cultures, and interdisciplinary material. I collaborated with colleagues to develop lessons that enhanced the material being introduced in other subject areas.
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Awarded the Douglas Eli Schuch Award from Simmons College in 2012. This honor was awarded from the College of Arts and Sciences at the Simmons College Commencement on May 18, 2012. The Douglas Eli Schuch award is presented to the student concentrating in education who through course work, practica and extracurricular activities, has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the social and educational integration of children with special needs into today’s schools and society.
I am certified in both special education and art education. I earned a Master of Science Graduate Degree in Severe Special Education and an undergraduate degree in Art Education.
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