I am proud to be the first Special Education Teacher in Oregon to be named Teacher of the Year! My curriculum is a variety of adapted subject matter, fun activities, room decorations and art projects aimed at multiple levels of skills and grades--many regular curriculum topics and activities are included.
I love to use small and quick art projects to end a school day with success. My background is working with students with special needs, medical fragility and emotional disturbances. I love using art to bring success to every student no matter what their skill level.
2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year, 2014 White House Honors, 2015 Educator of Excellence National Education Association, 2015 Teacher Role Model Award-NEA LGBT Caucus, 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow Peru, 2013 Outstanding Special Education Teacher of the Year-National Association of Special Education Teachers, 2014 Bob Speltz Community Service Award-Q Center, 2014 Community Champion in Education-PHAME, 2012 National Neighborhood Hero Award-Bank of America, 2012 OnPoint Prize Finalist, 2014 Named a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky, 2014 Oregon Education Association Presidential Citation, Member National Network of State Teachers of the Year, Essay published in the book "One Teacher in Ten" 2015
Bachelor of Science Speech and Communication, Oregon State University, Masters of Special Education, Portland State University
I have made over 250 appearances as Teacher of the Year and have travelled over 100,000 miles since winning the award. I am honored to have been asked to speak at so many events and love every opportunity to inspire the community and other educators.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Native Americans, U.S. History, World History, Middle Ages, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Architecture, British History, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Queer Studies, Character Education, General Science, Library Skills, Writing, Robotics, Asian Studies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Speech Therapy, Winter, Valentine's Day, Easter, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Early Intervention, Classroom Community