I have 14 years working in Career & Technical Education as a Learning Support Teacher. I have taught high school level English & Consumer Math. My passions and specialties are in Writing and helping students to prepare for post-school success; college or employment, independent living, etc. Prior to teaching, my background is in Marking, Graphic Design, Fundraising, and youth outreach. I have presented at various state and national conferences on such topics as: Transitioning to post-school outcomes, using Art in the Life Skils Classroom, planning for the future, communication skills, soft skills for employment, and a variety of transition-related and career & technical education related topics.
I believe that learning should be fun, meaningful, relevant and challenging. I know that learning can be difficult for some students, especially at the high school level if they haven't mastered the basic skills. However, I believe with built in opportunities for success, teaching strategies for learning new material, linking it to relevant things in their lives, and making the lessons interactive and applicable, learning can be fun for all! And, I believe it is so important to help students learn to want to learn - to enjoy the process of discovering new things and learning new things, and seek out their own knowledge!
Pennsylvania Association of Career & Technical Education Special Populations Outstanding Special Educator of the Year Award, 2013.
Master of Arts, George Washington University, Secondary Transition. Graduate Certification, George Washington University, Secondary Transition. Master of Science, Bloomsburg University, Exceptionalities, Teacher Certification K - N Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art/Art Therapy, Arcadia University (Beaver College) Associate of Applied Science, Graphic Design, Cazenovia University. PA Teaching Certifications: English 7-12, Special Education N-12
I took the long road to becoming a certified teacher, but I believe that my long road has allowed me to gain so many experiences and skills that help me be a better teacher. Because of I have worked in for-profit and non-profit organizations, worked in the social service arena, taken various courses in psychology, art, marketing, sales, copywriting, child development, and the like, I have such varied skills and they mesh just perfectly in my position working with students who are making the transition from high school to the adult world. I have connections in the community and knowledge of resources that may be helpful. I am involved in leadership roles in regional and state organizations. And, my experiences allow me to connect with students and their parents/guardians/family/support network to help them plan for their futures and to cope with day to day work. I assist others in my school to prepare press releases and coordinate fundraising activities. I serve on our Quality Management Team. I wear many hats and love them all!