During college, I was trained as a behavior therapist as part of the Ivarr Lovaas Young Autism Program. I also taught in New York at the Nassua Suffolk Services for the Autistic, I moved and began teaching middle school self contained for those with learning disabilities until I returned to my true love of teaching those with Moderate intellectual disabilities and autism at the same middle school. I have taught at the pre-k level in a unit for children with autism until we lost our grant. I then took time off to be with my own kids. During that time I began working in the states early intervention program as a private service coordinator. I missed the classroom and returned 3 years later to again teach students with moderate/mild intellectual disabilities and autism in grades 6-8. I have also taught middle school resource reading, science, and social studies. I am currently teaching high school students with mild/moderate intellectual disabilities and autism. In May of 2015, I completed my Master's of Science Degree in Special Education with a specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of North Dakota. I love my students and my job.
I am a teacher that loves to create functional real life activities for my students. My challange has been to meet the new Core standards while still providing a realistic approach to meet the needs of my special education students. The world of autism is ever changing and I love working with these exceptional kiddos. I am committed to providing the best teaching tools to my students and giving them the best opportunities I can to grow into productive and active members of society.
Optimist Award for Educational Excellence in 2008
University of Maryland, 1995 Bachelor of Science in Special Education, University of North Dakota, 2015 Master's of Science in Special Education Specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Special Education Teacher, wife, mother of 3
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