I taught a self-contained special education program for 6 years with students with a myriad of disabilities, in grades K-5. For two years, I taught Learning Support, also K-5. I worked during this time to work towards a fully inclusive model within my building. I currently teach second grade.
While I am a behaviorist and a constructivist at heart (yes these two modes can go together), I believe that you must adapt your teaching style to best meet the needs of the students you teach. As I teach in a high poverty school with a large ELL, special education, and mental health population, one of the biggest struggles is teaching students the value of education.
2009 -- Nationally Board Certified Teacher 2007 -- District Grant Recipient -- Music Therapy 2008 -- District Grant Recipient -- Social Skills
2004 -- Bachelors of Education in Special Education (K-12) with an endorsement in General Education(K-8) (Gonzaga University) 2005 -- Masters of Education in Special Education with a concentration on Functional Analysis 2013 to present -- working on an endorsement in Educational Leadership. 2014 to present -- working on an endorsement in ELL
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ~~John Lennon
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Other (Math), Special Education, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Life Skills, Literature, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Study Skills, Problem Solving, Reading Strategies, Informational Text, Test Preparation