I have 12 years combined experience in general education and special education, teaching children as young as 2 and as old as 21. My strengths as a general education teacher were teaching reading and implementing cooperative learning in 1st grade. As a special education teacher, I have experience working with children with autism and have been using ABA, differentiated instruction, and technology to meet the needs of every student. I have a strong passion for children's literature and creative writing and have been developing my own content for the past 5 years with my own original poems and Smart Notebook lessons.
My teaching style is very child centered and creative. I believe that we need to foster each child and their strengths and create individualized instruction as best we can. If that means having a class of mixed abilities, then differentiated instruction is the only solution. Each child should feel challenged for their level but confident and motivated by their achievements. With that said, I adapt to each child's learning style and create lessons that truly engage the students, give them opportunity to interact with the content, and think critically about what they are learning.
Aside from graduating with honors in the top of my classes, I have also received scholarships for achievement and community service.
I completed High School on Long Island with a Regent's Diploma. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Education from LIU Post (2000), and later my Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Joseph's College (2007). I am certified in General Education Pre K-6 and Students With Disabilities Birth - 2.
I am a passionate teacher, driven by this digital shift. I feel that there is a real need for more interactive, digital content that is differentiated, especially for early childhood, early primary grades, and special education. There is not enough simplified non-fiction content out there for these populations. My goal is to create this content and make it available for the Smart Board as well as tablets, that will soon be in every student's hands.