I fell into the teaching profession by accident. I needed extra cash while in graduate school for economics and began substituting (“subbing” for those in the business) in the school district I attended as a student. I found that I enjoyed being in the classroom, so I went back to school for my teaching credential. I earned my multiple subject teaching credential a year later and began applying for jobs. At that time, jobs were easier to come by than they are now, but it was still a bit tight. I ended up interviewing for a second grade position in the same school district I subbed in. While in the interview, I was told that there was a pre-school mild-moderate special education position open as well. Wanting to appear flexible, I said that I was interested in that both the second grade and the preschool position. A few hours later I was offered a mild-moderate preschool position and I took it. After discovering my love for this age range and the subject matter, I earned my early childhood special education credential for ages 0-5. I remained in the mild-moderate classroom for 3 years before teaching the moderate-severe autism classroom for the remaining 6 years in that school district.
I resigned at the end of my 9th year teaching not because of a lack of passion for educating children but because of my passion for educating children. My past experiences have prompted me to start prekautism.com as a way to support families. If you would like a more detailed version of my journey check out prekautism.com.
Some how, I was teacher of the year for Cabello Elementary in the New Haven Unified school District.
I graduated from a local university with a bachelor’s degree in economics. I then went back to school and received a multiple subject credential and then went back one more time for an Early Childhood Specialist Credential.
When I am not working tirelessly on my website, you will find me spending time with my wonderfully supportive wife and our ever-changing variety of pets, working out at the gym, or attempting to best one of the most challenging dungeons in Baldur’s Gate.