I have been teaching in a middle years self contained autism room for 9 years. I work with a wide range of abilities and love the challenge of finding new ways to engage my students. www.TeachLoveInspireCreate.com
The reason I chose to be a teacher is not because I love to teach, but because I want to make a difference in the lives of others. My goal is to positively influence each student that crosses my educational path. Teaching means making my students an active part of the learning process, discovering knowledge rather than simply absorbing it. I believe that a “teacher” has been given a gift and opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students and sometimes even parents, thus impacting the fabric of the entire community . Teaching is a privileged position that demands humility as much as respect. It is crucial that teachers recognize the power inherent in their role and are self-reflective about their actions.
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Masters in Special Education with a focus on Autism from Arcadia University Bachelors from Pennsylvania State University
Mrs. Serra, Special Education Teacher I was born in Germany and resided there until I was nine. I was raised bilingually; speaking English at home and German during the day. When I was nine, my family moved to Geneva, Switzerland. I attended the International School of Geneva where students came from over 100 countries. I appreciate being in a classroom where English was not the mother tongue of the majority of the students. Having been educated in such a microcosm of cultures and having friends from all sorts of background different than my own has broadened my understanding and appreciation of different cultures and different beliefs. On a personal level, I come from a family of educators. My Mother, grandmother, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-grandmother were educators. I am married and have a daughter, Mia (3 years) and a son, Tristan (6 months). Working with individuals on the autism spectrum is actually quite personal for me. My brother in law, Victor, is on the spectrum. I had the privilege to move him from Puerto Rico to Philadelphia, after my mother in law passed away. Having someone in my own family with a disability has opened up a whole new perspective on the impact this has on the family fabric. I am very grateful; to see the way my husband interacts with his brother and be able to understand what autism means outside of the classroom and in your own home.