I have recently retired from teaching. I loved my career as a high school Special Education teacher for 36 years, serving a multicategorical population of students. I loved the challenge and the changes that this career provided me, and I really miss it!
I can teach best when my heart and my brain work together. I was a laid back teacher who developed close relationships with many students. I worked primarily co-teaching in regular education classes, supporting the needs of the special and regular education students, and developing trusting and caring partnerships with my co-teachers. I have worked in many subject areas: English, Physics & Biology, World History, Algebra, and many other areas.
Besides the appreciation and support of my teachers, students, and parents, I was awarded the first ever Teacher of the Year award for St. Francis High School.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (magna cum laude) with a Bachelor's degree in Special and Regular Education. I earned my Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in special education of emotional behavioral disabilities.
I have been the leader in my special education department in the areas of computers and technology, especially in the use of individual devices for students and Powerpoint and Smartboard utilization.
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Art History, Special Education, ELA Test Prep, Life Skills, Literature, Classroom Management, Short Stories, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Informational Text