I have over 35 years of experience in special education as a Collaborative Teacher (Gr. 7-12), Resource Teacher (Gr. K-12), Post High Teacher (ages 18-21), Inclusion Facilitator (K-6), Learning Specialist (K-12), and district-wide Staff Developer.
I'm most passionate about community-based instruction when working with students with disabilities.
Kansas City Top Connector; Friends of Special Education (3 times); Womens Council Research Award for UMKC doctoral research; Digital Sandbox entrepreneurship grant; App development grant from Wireless RERC; Semi-finalist in the Venture Creation Challenge at UMKC; Winning team at Startup Weekend KC
Ed.D. UMKC in Educational Administration; Ed.Spec. UMKC in Educational Administration; M.A. UMKC in Special Education--Learning Disabilities; B.S. NWMSU in Elementary Education--Learning Disabilities
I have a passion for helping students to become independent which translates to teaching lifeskills, particularly in the community. When I noticed students who were right on the verge of being independent as they graduated or exited the school system, I was inspired to create a decision-making app to provide a middle layer of support for them and peace of mind for parents. It's called Smart Steps Mobile. See www.SmartSteps4me.com for more informations.