I have been a Special Education teacher for nine years in middle and high school. I am currently teaching high school Life Skills, and I love it. The students I've worked with for so long are getting jobs and going to work, which is amazing for me to watch! All my students have a variety of talents and strengths, which means they do best when material is customized to meet their needs. While I love my students and my time with them, I also realize that teaching Special Education is one of the most challenging areas in the education system. Burn-out is high. Resources are low. My hope is that my resources will help make this job easier so that people don't burn out, get frustrated, and leave. ♥ We are stronger together. ♥
I am a visual learner, and find that many of my students are as well. I try to use concrete examples to explain our abstract world. Through my curriculum, I try to present my students with lessons that are at their level, yet looks like a higher level material. There is nothing worse than giving an 10th grader a passage to read with cute little fuzzy bears on it! I believe in protecting the dignity of my students, and that starts with the material I ask them to do. I also believe that when our hands are moving, our brain is learning! Textbooks are a great wealth of knowledge, but not every student can open a page and take that knowledge in. For those students, my unique and "Creative" resources give them an alternative form of learning.
Shining teaching moment? When a student of mine with an IEP in writing won 3rd place in a local writing contest...that was a good day :)
Central Washington University
As well as being a teacher, I am a compulsive creator. I paint, metalsmith, sculpt, etc. Everyone in my family is either an artist or an engineer, so I take a lot of inspiration from them! I love the outdoors, and any type of geology or ornithology. Before becoming a teacher, I traveled to Alaska, worked outdoors for the Forest Service, and owned my own sailboat. I enjoy sharing my own unique perspective with my older students who are about to join the workforce. I myself would love to be an animator for Disney Studios when I grow up. ;)
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Geometry, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Ancient History, U.S. History, European History, World History, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Arts), Computer Science - Technology, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Career and Technical Education, British History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Word Problems, General Science, Problem Solving, Cooking, Writing, Asian Studies, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Mental Math, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Informational Text, Occupational Therapy, Vocational Education, Early Intervention, Engineering, Phonics, African History