With recently starting my teaching career, I currently teach a self-contained 6:1:1 population in Brooklyn, NY at an amazing District 75 school. My class is composed of all students on the Autism Spectrum. We are fortunate enough to go twice a week to our work site at Shake Shack and spend the rest of our time in the classroom learning through the TEACCH methodology. I also have experience in an Elementary Education 12:1:1 setting.
My instruction focuses a lot of Life Skills and Vocational activities. I enjoy hands on tasks within those domains as well as social skills, academic instruction, communication systems, and expressive/receptive language instruction to allow students to maximize their own independence. I focus on structured, engaging, and individualized instruction to meet and exceed each student's goals. I love to get my students out into the community to learn vocational skills hands on through their own work as well as in the classroom. I feel it's important to allow our students out of their comfort zone, into the community so that they may learn hands on.
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I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications from St. John's University to my amazing career swap (thanks to the NYC Teaching Fellows) working towards my Masters Degree in Science of Adolescent Special Education 7-12 from Pace University (will be completed June, 2019).
I am a division one soccer player turned special educator. My whole life has been dedicated to soccer and I am lucky enough to now channel that into teaching Special Education. My mother is a tremendous self contained 12:1:1 "School to Work" teacher (for 30 years) whom I am able to have as a role model and a go-to. Follow me in my TPT journey and please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, tips, or constructive feedback!