I am currently entering my 6th year teaching special education. My first four years were spent teaching preschoolers with special needs both in a peer model program (2 years) and a self-contained classroom (2 years). Currently, I am working in an inclusion setting with kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders and absolutely loving it! I have experience working with a variety of students including students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Speech and Language Disorders, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, and Specific Learning Disabilities. While each child brings his own set of challenges, I thrive toward working together to develop and implement strategies to help each individual student succeed socially, emotionally, and academically.
My teaching style is a balance between teacher-centered and student-centered learning. Given the population of the students I serve, teacher-centered learning is necessary when introducing new skills or concepts, as my students learn best from direct 1:1 and/or small-group instruction. I do, however, firmly believe that there is a time and place for student-centered learning in my small-group learning setting, so I incorporate inquiry-based and cooperative learning experiences as much as possible.
B.S. in Early Childhood Intervention (PreK-3) from The University of Akron (Akron, OH) M.A. in Education from The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
I currently live with my husband, Nick, and our dog and cat, Leah and Bella. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, cooking, baking, shopping, and browsing or creating materials on TpT!