I am an early childhood special education teacher. I have been working in a special needs preschool classroom for the past six years. Prior to that, I was a Head Start teacher with special needs and at-risk students for 5 years. My passion is teaching children with Autism and other developmental delays. My students range from a developmental age of 5 months to 5 years with significant impairments in communication, socialization and cognitive and adaptive skills. (Their chronological ages range from 3 to 6 years.)
My mission is to differentiate instruction so that all children are engaged in learning 100% of the time despite their varying levels and abilities. I use a creative approach to teaching as I embed learning and functional skills into everything we do.
I was named Kansas Head Start Teacher of the Year in 2007 and the Kansas Division of Early Childhood’s Distinguish Service Provider in 2011. I have been an autism consult for the state of Kansas through TASN-ATBS for the past four years and currently work for them as an Early Childhood Coordinator. I have also had the opportunity to present on best practice in early childhood and special education at NAEYC, OCALI, and variety of state and local conferences.
I have a masters in Adaptive Special Education Preschool through 12th grade as well as a bachelors in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Early Childhood and English as a Second Language. I have background in Structured Teaching, Conscious Discipline, Applied Behavior Analysis, and varied of other teaching strategies such as responsive teaching, and pragmatic organizational dynamic display.
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