For the past 16 years taught in an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) class. I started teaching in a 7th-8th grade ASD class where I taught for 2 years before moving to a 4th-6th-grade ASD class for 2 years, and then I taught an early intervention ASD pre-school class. For 8 years I taught an ASD class in K-2nd grade and then in a K-1st ASD class. I have experience working with children with Autism and behavior disorders of all ages from early intervention to teen years. I have dedicated my adult life to teaching children with autism and will continue to do so as I love working with your children.
I believe that all students can learn and have appropriate behavior in the classroom when provided with supports and reinforcement for desired behavior if there are consistent behavior and performance expectations. In my classroom I use visual supports for lessons and behavior management. I use a token economy with “I am working for ______” cards, and “First, Then” cards. Part of the day my lessons focus on individual student goals from their IEP. In addition, I teach elements of standardized curriculum within a Modified format. I modify lessons from the standardized curriculum and easily adapted to each student’s level. I include areas of: health and safety, social science, science, language arts and communication, math, social skills, and independent self help skills within the standardized lessons that are presented to my students. While teaching I easily collect data on each student and their progress using personally created data sheets.
I have been honored to have my peers looks to me for support and be given peer leadership roles. Through the BTAS Program I support new teachers, and I lead my peers through the state wide assessment process as a STAR/CELDT Coordinator.
I have a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, I'm CLAD Certificated and have three teaching credentials: Moderate/Severe Teaching Specialist Level II, Multiple Subject for General Education, and Administration Services. I have been certificate as an Autism specialist by the Autism Institute through Autism and Behavior Training Associates.
I have attended various trainings, workshops and seminars to increase my teaching skills in working with students with Autism. I have been trained in Behavior Intervention, DTT, PECS, TEECH, SERTS, Applied Behavior Analysis and Structured Teaching, Nurtured Heart, and Love and Logic.