Currently I am teaching high-school students with disabilities ranging from moderate to severe. I teach work study courses in which students get real-world job experience, build relevant skills and learn how to obtain and maintain employment. Previously, I taught in a special education resource room for mild-to-moderate learning disabilities. I taught math, reading and language arts classes to students in grades 1-5. Since my students are all on different levels and need different supports, I design a number of my own lessons.
Because my students all learn in different ways, I will often find multiple approaches to teaching the same concept. My main focus in designing lessons is to be sure that, even if it is the third time practicing a concept, the lesson is still engaging.I also look for the best balance between giving the students freedom to be independent, while supporting them where they may need it.
I recently received funding for a grant to build a student-run coffee shop for my school and my classroom! We were given brand new equipment that would be used in a real store or restaurant so student will have an authentic experience while working in the coffee shop.
Bachelors of Science in Special Education from the University of Central Oklahoma
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