I have been teaching for 17 years (3 years as a teacher's assistant, 1 year as a private school teacher, and 13 years as special education public school teacher for students in grades K-8). Currently I am teaching mathematics to students in grades K-5 in special class settings. I have extensive experience with differentiating instruction. I can and have used the UDL and Understanding by Design framework in my lesson planning and creation of classroom activities. I also have experience with facilitating local school professional development and being a part of a school's SEIT (Special Education Implementation Team).
My teaching style is based more so on using remedial and intervention techniques at times and sometimes act as more of a facilitator. I previously worked in a school with a more progressive approach. The experience gained there has caused me to develop an interest in a more student centered approach. This contributed to me adopting a more progressive style of teaching. I rather facilitate the learning progress instead of dictating and lecturing. This styles entails more question and discussion opportunities for students and students creating their own learning goals. I learned that this helps students develop as thinkers. I also enjoy delegating responsibilities, whenever appropriate and possible to the students to help build their confidence, develop their independent level, and help them take more responsibility for their learning. Currently I am a math specialty teacher and do more so intervention and enrichment lessons.
I've obtained a Masters of Science in Education from Mercy College. I've also taken school building leadership and doctoral courses in education.
I am a mixed media artist and enjoy creating arts and crafts activities for adults and children. I upload videos on YouTube to share creative ideas.