Over three years ago I began my journey to become a special education teacher, working my way from a substitute instructional aide to my current position as a Mild/Moderate Specialized Academic Instruction Teacher. Being exposed to classrooms from Mild to Moderate and Moderate to Severe as well as ages ranging from Preschool to Adult Transitions has provided me immeasurable experience in a wide range of behaviors, interventions and relationship building. I have successfully held a variety of IEP meetings including initials, annuals, triennials, amendment and 30-day. I have successfully written IEPs with SEIS and collaborated with parents and IEP Team members on goals, assessments, and behavior goals.
During instruction, I plan with and utilize Kagan Structures, Direct Instruction, small group work, and interactive lessons using the SmartBoard. With such a diverse classroom, I consistently use scaffolding, frontloading, differentiation and strength-based learning. I am comfortable designing SmartBoard lessons and adapting items to be used on the SmartBoard. I am skilled in creating classroom components such as token boards, behavior visuals and supplemental lesson materials using the Microsoft and Adobe Suites. I strongly believe setting up a classroom culture that is filled with respect and equity. My students are pushed to work together, collaborate on problems, and problem solve both classwork as well as interpersonal issues. My view is the whole student including teaching healthy boundaries, appropriate behaviors and how these will effect them later in life.
Bachelors of Science in Social Science with a minor in Early Education from Portland State University. I obtained my Mild/Moderate Education Specialist credential from University of La Verne and currently working on my Masters in Education.
I am a single mom to a 2 year old son, I work very hard to provide quality materials for my classroom (and yours!) that promote equity, honor neurodiversity and encourage participation no matter instructional level.