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. ;)
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, Not Grade Specific
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