I have been a classroom teacher, special educator, tutor, and reading specialist in various positions for 15 years. I have worked in a variety of public and private settings and roles. My most recent experience is in an urban elementary school primarily composed of ELL students. Most of these have socioeconomic challenges and trauma histories with tremendous areas of need and resource deficits. Their presence at school every day reflects the hope they have for a better life even when they don't believe it is possible. I do!
My teaching style is very fluid. I believe that every child deserves a special education and aim to meet each child where they are and move them forward. I work hard at creating interactive lessons with varied learning styles in mind. You are likely to find me using technology, realia, music and the arts on a daily basis to hook my students and set them off on a love of learning. As my quote hints: I LOVE READING and everything associated with it. I LOVE WORDS and the way that understanding them, and each other, can be transformative. Breaking down language barriers is my goal. I am organized and resourceful but also think on my feet often and go with the flow. My belief is that someone needs to expect the best for "my kids" so why not me? I will give my best in the process of getting them there.
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B.A. in Studio Art and Psychology from Boston College; Masters of Social Work from Boston University; Masters of Education from Salem State College, CAGS in Reading from Salem State College.
Have raised 7 children in a blended family, 4 girls, 3 boys, and worked as a family social worker and addictions counselor for 10 years before becoming a teacher.