An experienced teacher of 30+ years, I'm pleased to be here among so many talented curriculum resource designers . For the past 12 years I have taught 3 to 5 year-olds in a Developmental Preschool classroom in an IL public school. Previously I taught general education students in grades 2, 4, 6, and 8. I've also taught students in special education classrooms (self-contained and resource) in grades K-3; 6-8; and high school.
For me, learning is all about making connections to our everyday lives. For the little ones, everything we do has a connection because the world of reading, writing, counting, computing is unfolding each and every day. For the older kids, my favorite question to answer was, "What's this got to do with my life?" I'm a big picture sort of person by nature, but being a special education teacher has allowed me to hone my skills of task analysis. Enticing kids into stories and activities is my goal - make it fun and include movement! My job as a teacher of little ones with developmental delays permits me to be creative every day.
District designation as Teacher of the Year
B.S. in Education from Illinois State University (Special Education) M.S. in Education from Northern Illinois University (Early Childhood Special Education) Post-graduate work in Reading, Educational Technology, Gifted, Behavior Management, and Autism
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