It's hard to believe I've been a teacher for six year! During that time, I've always taught in instructional programs for students with low-incidence disabilities and autism. I've worked with students ranging kindergarten through eighth grade! My true teaching passions include shaping behavior (like most special educators!), social/emotional learning, and teaching those functional living skills!
The one question I ask myself most often is, "Where will my learners be when they are my age?" That question shapes a great deal of the learning that happens in our classroom. While I value and teach to their academic goals, I make a concerted effort to teach through the lens of function. How will this skill be useful to this child when he/she is an adult? I also value social and emotional learning, social skills, and teaching resiliency and bravery. I truly believe that the way we speak to students becomes their inner voice. "No", "Stop", and "Don't" are words we eliminate from our room!
Golden Apple Award nominee during the 2016-2017 school year. School Ambassador for Class Dojo
I am a graduate of public elementary school and high school. I attended Loyola University Chicago (Go Ramblers!) for my undergraduate program and hold degrees in both special education, elementary education, and an endorsement in art. I went back to Loyola for a masters degree in English language teaching and learning.
When I'm not teaching and creating, I love to crochet, sleep, watch Netflix, exercise, read, and eat as many desserts as possible.