I have spent the last 24 years as a public school teacher. I teach a 12:1:1 lifeskills classroom.
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National Board Certified Teacher, Exceptional Needs Specialist 2017 National Teachers Hall of Fame Inductee 2017 Hometown Media Award for Inside the Classroom, Community Rally Division 2017 Canisius College Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient 2016 NYS Empire Excellence in Teaching Award 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellow National Grant Award (Austria, England, Italy) 2016 Hometown Media Award for Inside the Classroom, Educational Profile Division 2015 National Education Association Global Learning Fellow (Peru) 2014 New York State Teacher of the Year 2014 Am-Pol Eagle Education Citizen of the Year 2014 Thomas Sobol Award for Excellence in Education 2014 David Johnson Award for Outstanding Teaching 2014 Chief Council of State School Officer National Teacher of the Year Applicant 2009 Open Minds & Educate Award, Family & Friends Down syndrome Association of Niagara 2006 NYS Rehabilitation Award for Community-Work Program
Canisius College, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education and English Graduated May 1995 D’Youville College, Master of Science, Special Education Graduated August 1998 Buffalo State College, Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Leadership, Graduated May 2002 University of Rochester, Doctoral Student, Teaching and Curriculum Anticipated Graduation in May 2020
Permanent NYS Certification, Elementary Education N-6, English 7-9 Permanent NYS Certification, Special Education, Birth to Age 21 Permanent NYS Certification, School District Administration National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification, Middle Level Generalist, 2002 National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification, Exceptional Ed., 2019