I had the opportunity to work for seven years as a special education paraeducator. During that time I worked on my second degree in order to become a certified special education teacher. I am now in my seventh year as a teacher and love it!
As a visual learner myself, I think it is important to provide visual aids during the lessons that I teach. Students also need hands-on projects to help them understand the subject and hopefully make greater connections to real life. As a teacher in special education, I also find that repetition is very important so that students can gain knowledge of a subject and and start to dig in deeper and gain an understanding of how that subject applies to their own life.
I love that moment when, after struggling and struggling, a student finally gets it. As a teacher, I enjoy the challenge of trying to find new ways to present materials in the hopes that a student might understand. I feel that my shining moment as a teacher comes when we finally find that winning combination and the student comes to an understanding after working so hard!
BS Cross-Cultural Ministry, Manhattan Christian College; BSE Elementary Education with a minor in SPED, Fort Hays State University; Currently completing MA Library Media Specialist.
I am married and have three kids - they certainly keep me on my toes! If I happen to have any free time I love to read fiction, bake, travel, or sleep!