I taught middle school science and reading for 13 years at a school for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. This means that I wear both hats of General Education Teacher and Special Educator. I have also collaborated with FMD teachers to develop and adapt materials to use with students in Kentucky's Alternate Assessment Program. I have recently been moved to the high school department to lead our Teaching and Learning Career Pathway. This means that I literally teach about teaching every day!
I believe that our teaching should be relevant and intentional, recognizing the unique talents and difficulties of each student. By differentiating our instruction, we provide each student the chance to succeed and reach their goals.
Our neighbor (in his 50's) asked if I could teach him to read. This gentleman has auditory processing issues, so his brain doesn't hear the sounds correclty and he dropped out of school in ninth grade - when the counsellor suggested sending him back to middle school due to his academic struggles. As an adult, he purchased programs and hired tutors, but was never able to understand phonics or read above an early second grade level. After working together for 10 months, he had improved to a sixth grade reading level and passed the GED exam! Attending the GED ceremony was one of the proudest moments of my teaching career.
I have earned both a BS and MA Ed in Deaf Education at Eastern Kentucky University. I am also a licensed See the Sound/Visual Phonics trainer.
I married a Kentucky farm boy and we have two sweet daugthers. I enjoy watching them dance; they love to help me cook; and we read together every night before bed.
English Language Arts, Reading, Specialty, Math, Science, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Literature, Economics , Character Education, General Science, Physical Science, Writing, Place Value