Before teaching, I worked briefly as a Junior ABA Therapist for the Center of Autism and Related Disorders. I was a substitute teacher for several years, working in all sorts of classes, subjects, and grades. My first year as a teacher/case carrier was in Alternative Education. I taught all subjects in a self-contained middle school classroom for students with emotional disturbances. For the last several years, I have been teaching 6-8 Mild/Moderate Science and Social Studies! I work with a very diverse population, including students with Autism, Emotional Disturbances, Specific Learning Disabilities, Speech Impairments, ADHD, ODD, Other Health Impairments, and Intellectual Disabilities.
I pour my heart into making curriculum accessible for my students, engaging my students, and focusing on their interests and strengths. I enjoy planning and creating hands-on, engaging activities for my students- taking their strengths and interests into consideration. My lessons usually involve a mix of visuals, technology, music, collaboration, games, simulations, videos, hands-on projects, etc. I use lots of praise, opportunities to practice social skills, and a sense of humor.
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I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from UCR. I have a Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential from the University of Redlands, CA. It includes authorizations for teaching students who are English Language Learners, and also students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Born and raised in sunny Southern California! I am a wife, mommy, teacher, pug mom, and lover of all things chocolate. I also love music, art, science, socials studies, teaching, and coffee!
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Specialty, Science, Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (Specialty), Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Classroom Management, Professional Development, School Counseling, Character Education, Instructional Technology, General Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Speech Therapy, For All Subjects, School Psychology, End of Year, Phonics, Classroom Community