I have worked for over four years as a special education teacher in a self-contained functional academics setting. During my graduate teaching program, I had method placements in a variety of early elementary classrooms and did 10 of my 16 weeks of student teaching in a third grade gifted magnet program. I have a special affinity for students at both ends of the bell curve.
Every student deserves a meaningful and rigorous education tailored to their unique needs, abilities, and interests. Self-regulation and social thinking are foundational to lay the groundwork for academic and life success.
I love watching my students develop over time. Because I teach in a self-contained, multi-grade classroom, I sometimes have the same students for as many as five years. During this time, students often progress from being non-verbal to communicating in short, complete sentences; from being non-readers to decoding texts comprised of sight and CVC words; and from lacking impulse control to gaining self-regulation.
I attended Westminster College in Salt Lake City for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I double majored in English and fine arts with a painting and drawing emphasis. I later returned to earn my Master of Arts in teaching in both elementary and special education as well as an M.Ed. I love to apply my love for teaching and visual design to creating resources that benefit every learner.
I love taking my dog, Karma, on long walks outdoors. I have an obsession for perennials, John Deere tractors, and chocolate.