13 years as a special education teacher at the high school and middle school levels, 2 years as a regular education science teacher at the middle school level, and 2 years as a special education para-educator at the elementary school level.
I believe in individualized instruction to fit the needs of the student.
My shining moments have been when my students have told me they appreciate what I have done to help them find success at school. Then, I feel like I have made a difference in their lives.
B.S. from the University of Iowa in education with an emphasis in science. M.S. from Emporia State University in special education.
Working in several different arenas in the world of education, as I have done, has given me a unique perspective of this field. I have been a special education teacher at the middle school and high school levels for 13 years, a regular education middle school teacher for two years, and a special education para-educator at the elementary school level for two years. At the beginning of my years as a special education teacher, I felt unprepared, and I did my share of floundering. But as the years passed, I learned techniques or tips, mostly from trial and error, to keep myself organized, to develop good working relationships with people, to improve my communication skills, to write IEPs that met the needs of my students, and to hold IEP meetings that went smoothly (most of the time). I want to share this knowledge with you, so you can skip the floundering stage as a special education teacher and move right into the smooth sailing stage. My life also includes a husband, grown children, grandchildren, pets, plants, books, and outdoor activities. I am a quiet, reflective sort of a person. I’d like you to benefit from my experience. Please give me that opportunity.