I have spent the last 10 years as a school psychologist, special education director, and camp director for special needs kiddos. I have worked in public schools around Boston and charter schools in the South Bronx, New York.
I think it is essential to educate the whole child. To give kids the reason why they are learning something. Focus on developing relationships and cultivating mutual respect with clear boundaries. I think you have to give children lots of exposure and repetitions with material and an opportunity to interact with information in different ways. I think you have to break things down and understand where confusion comes from. I believe in using data efficiently and effectively to tailor instruction and support as much as possible.
I grew up in Northern New Jersey attending public schools, and working with children as soon as I was old enough. I went to University of Maryland and found myself torn between education and psychology. After 4 years and a lot of time in classrooms and research labs, I found school psychology and it seemed to be the perfect fit. I moved up to Boston and went to Tufts University for graduate school.
I lucked into a school psychologist position in Concord, Massachusetts where I got to really develop my role and work with some incredibly talented general and special education staff. I also had the opportunity to run a summer camp for children with Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital, developing resources, working with kids, and developing staff. After 5 years, the New York area was calling me home, and I landed a job at a charter school in the South Bronx. It was the area I always wanted to work in, and again I was given the leeway to develop my role. I eventually moved into being their special education director as they expanded into multiple schools. Currently, I am creating resources and working schools to improve social and emotional learning and supporting students with special needs.
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Not Grade Specific
English Language Arts, Specialty, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Social Work, Life Skills, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Problem Solving, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Speech Therapy, Winter, Valentine's Day, Spring, School Psychology, Classroom Community, Social Emotional Learning