I have been teaching special education students for 10 years. During my teaching career, I have worked with students performing on Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade levels. I strongly believe that EVERY child can learn and I do my best to bring each child to their maximum potential. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, I will serve as an Instructional Facilitator. In this capacity I will visit designated schools assisting special education teachers.
The key to a student's academic achievment is believe in the child's ability to succeed. The first step to helping a student achieve success is creating a warm and welcoming classroom environment that allows the child to feel safe enough to take risks. As a teacher, we must then provide tasks for our students that are attainable to help build confidence. I believe in openness with my students. We discuss areas of strength and areas of weakness. Together we establish goals to help address the weak areas and continually discuss the progress toward achieving the goals.
**National Board Certified Teacher - Exceptional Needs Specialist **Norco Primary School's 2013 Teacher of the Year **American Legion River Road Post 2013 Educator of the Year **Recipient of the River Parishes Foundation Grant to educate parents on CCSS **Recipient of a Bellsouth Grant to implement a Service Learning Project in my classroom **Recipient of an Entergy Grant to purchase books for our school's Literacy Week activities **Recipient of the ETS Recongition of Excellence Certificate for my performance on the PRAXIS II: PLT Elementary Education
I am certified as an elementary educator, special educator, reading specialist, and child search coordinator. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Loyola University New Orleans and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Xavier University of Louisiana.
I enjoy reading and love learning new things. I often joke that if I could get paid to go to school, I would be a professional student. As a matter of fact, it is my goal to return to school in the near future to obtain my PhD.