Hi friends! We are Kate and Nancy, a team that has worked together in the resource room setting to facilitate success for diverse learners, and now we would like to branch out and help others! We both have a true passion for creating resources for our students. What is our goal? It’s honest and simple, to help each person we encounter learn and grow in a way that works best for that individual person. What does that look like? We create all types of educational resources and social stories that can be used in a classroom, small group, an individual, or at home. The resources we create are used in different grade level classrooms and are catered to many different learning styles. We know that individuals may need something specific to help them succeed, and we view it as our job to figure out what that is! We truly enjoy discussing ways to improve and innovate activities and tasks for specific learners. The absolute best part is that we love what we do!!
Our teaching method would start with learning as much as we can about a child’s current academic, social, learning, and behavioral skills. This is so important because every child learns in their own specific and individual ways. Next, we put our heads together and come up with some very creative ways to help each child achieve success and keep moving forward!
Where do we begin? We have been very blessed to have so many proud teaching moments. Every small success is a step in the right direction! Those moments are so rewarding and that is what drives our passion.
Kate is a Special Educator who has teaching experience in elementary and middle schools. She has a Masters Degree in Special Education: Elementary and Secondary School, and she is currently working towards a Post Baccalaureate Degree is Autism Studies. She teaches in the public school system and lives in Baltimore City, MD. Nancy is experienced in the public school system working as an Additional Adult Assistant in Special Education at the elementary school level. She has 6 years of experience working with multiple students from K to 5 which include 2 years of experience working one on one with a student with autism. She was the recipient of The Star Award which recognized her for going above and beyond and for creating visuals and resources which fostered his success. Although she is no longer working with that student in the school setting, he and his family still view her as one of his biggest advocates and a resource as he continues to grow as a learner. She resides in Baltimore, MD.
This is our story! We met at the beginning of a new school year. Nancy was working as an Additional Adult Assistant with a student who has autism. Kate started as the new Resource teacher in Special Education. She was assigned to the student that Nancy worked with. As soon as we met, we soon discovered that we worked very well together! It was a great year with many student successes, and we wanted to keep working together to help students! Next, we needed to come up with a name for our business and decided that it had to have meaning from the heart and that we could create a logo to match what our vision and passion. We came up with the name My Strategy Tree. We talked about the logo being a tree with roots and two birds. The roots of a tree are the strong support system that continue to get stronger as it is constantly changing and growing for all its life. The roots of our logo represent family, friends, teachers, and community. The trunk of a tree is supported by the roots and could not grow if there were no roots. The trunk in our logo represents students who are always learning, growing and strong. The branches of a tree are supported by the roots and the trunk. The branches of our logo represent all the different paths that a student will take in their education and life. The leaves support the tree. As leaves are no longer necessary, they may change colors or fall off, and new leaves may grow in their places. The leaves of our logo represent all the strategies and resources that help make students successful like social stories, task boxes, accommodations, interventions, support, structure, guided practice, etc. The two birds sitting in the tree represent us. My Strategy Tree is possible because all of these parts work and grow together.