I have spent the past five years working with students with significant intellectual disabilities, as well as students with autism and emotional/behavioral disabilities. Despite teaching kindergarten and first grade, the majority of my students demonstrated skills at the level of an infant or small toddler. Most of my students have been non-verbal and I have relied heavily on programs such as Boardmaker to set up a system of communication in my classroom. The state curriculum has been significantly adapted in order to meet the needs of my students and I often find myself creating my own lessons and activities in order to accommodate the ever-challenging needs of my students.
In my classroom, we have just learned to roll with the punches because each day and every moment brings some unexpected twist and turn. I wish that I could keep some sort of routine or that I could have one set teaching style but, considering the distinct personalities and physical/emotional/social/medical needs of my students, I have to constantly change my teaching methods to suit the vastly changing atmosphere that surrounds our classroom.
I graduated with a Bachelor' degree in Special Education with a concentration in elementary/middle school from Towson University and I hold an endorsement in early childhood education.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Science, Arts & Music, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Health, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education, Cooking, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, For All Subjects, Early Intervention, Phonics