Currently I am third grade inclusion teacher working with students with autism, specific learning disabilities, and cognitive disabilities. I've also served a k-6 mild interventions teacher working with children with autism. As an employee of a special education co-op, I consult with general education and special education teachers to observe challenging students, provide visuals, and offer necessary support to students with autism. Previously, I was a kindergarten teacher for seven years in both Indiana and Wisconsin. I served as a developmental therapist in early intervention for infants through three-year-olds where I provided in home therapy for infants and toddlers with special needs.
I enjoy hands-on, fun learning. My experience has taught me that students learn best when being active, singing, and cooperating in team building activities. Managing challenging student behavior is my specialty and I've been called, "The queen of behavior management" by administrator.
Who’s Who Among Elementary Teachers; Distinguished Teacher Award, Mary E. White of Indiana State University; Graduated with honors, summa cum laude; Recipient of Indiana State University Academic Scholarship
I have a bachelor's and master's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Indiana State University. I am licensed to teach kindergarten through sixth grade in both the general education and special education setting. I am trained in TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped CHildren), STAR (Strategies for Teaching based on Autism Research), PECS (Picture Exchange Communication), TRIBES (Character Education Model) and CLASS (Character Education Model).
My educational passions includes early childhood, autism, active learning, visuals, and behavior management for all children.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Writing-Expository, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Numbers, Science, Basic Principles, Special Education, Health, Other (Specialty), Other (ELA), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Professional Development, School Counseling, Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Poetry, Mental Math, Halloween, Speech Therapy, Winter, Valentine's Day, Spring, For All Subjects, Summer, Occupational Therapy, Handwriting, Vocational Education, Test Preparation, Early Intervention, School Psychology, End of Year, Classroom Community