I have been teaching students with cognitive impairments in a special education center-based program for the past 12 years. The skills that we focus on are basic reading, math, writing, social skills, vocational skills, and independent living skills.
I inject my sense of humor and add fun to each lesson I teach. I find that my students are more engaged in the lessons I teach when they are having fun. Most of the time, they don't even realize they are learning something new until they remember weeks later!
I have been rated highly effective for several years in my local school district. I have been asked to speak about my teaching practices and share my pedagogy with other teaching staff in my building. I led training seminars on how to use exemplary texts with students who are cognitively impaired. I began a peer to peer mentoring program in my district which pairs a special education student with non-disabled peer. The goals is to help foster friendships, improve social skills, and increase student motivation and involvement in activities inside and outside of school.
I received my Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2005 in Elementary Education. I continued my education at Wayne State University and earned my MA in Special Education with a concentration in Cognitive Impairments in 2009.
I have been married to my husband Troy for the past 8 years. We have three beautiful young boys ages 2, 4, and 6. We also have two dachshunds that we adore.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Grammar, Specialty, Math, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Special Education, Other (Specialty), Life Skills, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Problem Solving, Basic Math, Writing, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Speech Therapy, St. Patrick's Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Vocational Education, Classroom Community