I have taught special education (all subjects) in 7th and 8th grade for nearly 20 years. My students are often mainstreamed out for their elective classes that include Computers, Health, Orchestra, Art and Physical Education. The students attend Social Studies and Science classes with their peers. During these classes, I modify the work for all students to be successful. While in the resource classroom, we learn functional skills such as counting money, reading a menu, budgeting, cooking, etc. To compliment our functional learning, we take community education trips to the grocery store or to a restaurant to apply our skills learned in school. It is my thought that all students can learn when given the right opportunity and tools.
I am a visual and hands-on learner. When constructing my plans and units, I look at the "whole picture" and when finished have a 40+ page interactive presentation. Most of the material is presented on a SMARTboard accompanied with reinforcement tools such as interactive learning games, Osmo, experiments and peer to peer interactions to develop social skills and problem solving techniques. I challenge my students with at-level content that is modified to their individual learning capabilities.
District Outstanding Educator Award
I have a Bachelors in Special Education, 1-8 Regular Education Degree, K-12 Reading Endorsement and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
This summer I have enjoyed working at a local zoo as a Mentor in the ZOOTeen program.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Environment, Social Studies - History, World Language, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Special Education, Health, Other (Specialty), Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Speech Therapy, Winter, Dance, Easter, For All Subjects, Summer, American Sign Language, Occupational Therapy, Handwriting, Early Intervention, Phonics, Classroom Community