Taryn is a 6th year Special Education Teacher. She taught 4 years as a special education teacher at a Title I school in Waipahu, Hawaii. In those 4 years of teaching, she co-taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade for two years. She recently finished her 5th year as a Special Education Resource Teacher in Seattle, Washington. In the upcoming 2017 – 2018 school year, Taryn will be teaching at a Title I school as a Special Education Learning Support Teacher in Edmonds, Washington. In the 2015-2016 school year, Taryn was a mentor to three teacher candidates in a dual preparation program on the special education side. She has worked with a variety of children who have different learning needs including autism, ADHD, specific learning disability, dyslexia, anxiety, and social and emotional development needs. She has worked at a Title I school with a diverse English language learner population. These experiences have taught her the importance of effective collaboration, establishing positive relationships, and differentiating her instruction.
"Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody." I’m not sure where this quote originated, but it has really stuck with me, and it is what I strive for every day. I have always had a passion for helping others. When I first began teaching, I was shocked by the amount of students that had low self-esteem and little to no confidence. As a teacher, I get to change these students’ lives by promoting their self-confidence, loving, and caring for them. I strongly believe in using positive behavior support and specific praise for each student throughout the day because I feel as if these students don’t hear it enough. My goal is to make all children feel valued, and feel like they can become successful members of their community no matter what challenges they face. I also want to encourage students to use their critical thinking skills and try tasks that are more challenging so that they can “grow” their brain. To see the smile on a child’s face after he or she has accomplished a task is priceless, and it is what I enjoy the most!
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Taryn received her bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She also holds a post baccalaureate degree in Special Education Mild to Moderate Disabilities. She is currently pursuing her Masters in an online program at Arizona State University for Applied Behavior Analysis Curriculum and Instruction.
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