My name is Ariana Morrow and I am a special education teacher in Texas. I’ve taught students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, autism and other cognitive disabilities at both the elementary and middle school levels, delivered through co-teach, self-contained, redirect and alternative learning environment (also called specialized support) settings and models. Every year that I have taught, I have been rated “Exceeds Standards” by the Professional Development Appraisal System. I was a featured teacher in the Online Training Module for the Low Incidence Statewide Network, being honored with the opportunity to share my successful classroom systems with other teachers in the state of Texas who work with students with low incidents disabilities. I teach adult education classes on lesson planning, behavior management, year-long pacing calendars, scheduling, curriculum accommodations, data collection, time management and organization for special education classrooms.
Obviously the copious paperwork is daunting, but what I found to be most challenging when working with this diverse group of students was figuring out how to most effectively tackle the mountain of tasks that I had before me. Our students need so much, immediately. Knowing how to prioritize is essential. Students need schedules, visuals, and of course, meaningful activities. The activities I design expose students to grade level curriculum as well as target the foundation skills needed to bridge the gap to the best of each students’ ability. Visual learners are provided with activities they are able to manipulate, with vivid photographs and moveable pieces. Students strengthen sorting and matching skills in all subject areas using topics that expose them to real world and grade level concepts.
At university, I graduated Magna Cum Laude, was included in Who's Who of American University Students, and was awarded Most Outstanding Senior. I was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, volunteering for many projects such as assisting in a nursing home for four years. I have been nominated for teacher of the year the past 3 years, and I have been rated "exceeds expectations," the highest rating for teacher, every year I have been evaluated as a teacher (7 years).
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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Character Education, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Place Value, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Vocational Education, Early Intervention, Phonics