I started my career with a small class of 6 students with learning disabilities. I was a 5th grade teacher for 5 years. I moved to first for a year when I moved to different state. I refer to that year as teacher boot camp for me. I moved back to Florida and started teaching 4th grade. This is now my third year in fourth and I am loving it! I currently teach in an inclusion classroom. I have also been RtI coordinator for grades K-5 and worked on our IEP teams.
I have a very structured teaching style. Everything has a place and the students know what we will most likely be doing on certain days. This has become key in a classroom with a variety of students, including those with high functioning autism and ADD/ADHD. I use whole brain teaching, peer tutoring, and cooperative learning groups constantly. I also try to implement the principles of UDL.
I gained my bachelor's in Elementary Education with Honors in the Major for writing an undergraduate research thesis on Preparing Elementary Teachers to Teach Students with Disabilities: a Comparison of Program Elements across Teacher Preparation Institutions in Honors in the Major program is in progress.
I have an Associate of Arts in General Education Tracked in Music Education. My bachelor's degree is in Elementary Education. I am certified in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education. I am also endorsed in reading and ESOL. My master's degree is in Exceptional Student Education with an ASD certificate.
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