I have had the privilege of teaching post-secondary education for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Because there are no curriculums already developed for what I teach, I create my own curriculum and materials. I have developed the curriculum and taught: Money Skills, Personal Finance, Daily Living Skills, Social Skills, and Trained 4 Life (resume building, job interviews). After several years of teaching, I was given the responsibility/privilege to create and develop a two year program designed to reduce the academic component and focus on functional life skills. In 2015 I was named one of Exceptional Parent Magazine's Teacher of the Year, an honor I was very humbled to receive.
I believe that the key to teaching anything is developing relationships with the students. While I develop my own curriculum, I believe that I teach students, not curriculum. Having relationships with the students allows you to play off of previous conversations, and bring elements of student interest into the classroom. I am a very hands-on, teacher and believe in direct instruction and then the ability to practice and work on specific skills.
2015 Exceptional Parent Magazine Teacher of the Year
Bachelors Degree in Special and Elementary Education from Liberty University
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