I have taught Special Education in grades 6th-8th and as a Co-Teacher in ELAR and Functional Academic Life Skills for students with mild to severe disabilities. As a Co-Teacher, I was able to collaborate with general education teachers to provide instruction as well as implement accommodations and modifications for students. In FALS, I used the Structured TEACCH model and Unique Learning Curriculum to provide a personalized learning experience.
I truly believe that there is no limit to what my students can do! My teaching style is really personalized to the individual needs of students. I teach students in small groups as well as on 1:1. My students rotate through small groups, work stations/centers, and structured leisure throughout the day. I use principles of Applied Behavior Analysis such as Incidential Teaching and Discrete learning Trials to help my students master functional academics, and social skills.
Team Player Award Spring 2016.
I have a masters in Special Education. My program of study focused on characteristics of students with disabilities and instructional and behavior practices used to promote structure and academic success. I realized at a young age that I wanted to teach students with special needs when I had the opportunity to befriend students in the adaptive PE at my local high school. Before that experience, I had no real aspirations in life. After that experience, I knew I wanted to work as a special education teacher and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions of my life.
I am a mother of a two year old daughter and a middle school teacher for students with special needs. I love having the opportunity to be creative and share my resources with other teachers.