I have worked with students with special needs since I was 15 years old as a respite care worker, special recreation program assistant, and teacher's aide. After graduating high school, I entered into a bachelor's program to obtain my bachelor's in special education (LBS I). I obtained my first professional teaching position on the assistive technology team in 2009 after graduating the bachelor's program. After three years on the AT Team, I moved to a high school classroom for students with moderate to severe autism in a self-contained life skills classroom in the same district. During that time, I had completed a master's program to obtain my LBS II with 2 endorsements. After 6 years with that special ed cooperative, I obtained a brand new assistive technology specialist position in a brand new special education cooperative. I now consult with educational teams to assist in providing quality educational and assistive technology into classrooms and with individual students. I have also worked as a Special Olympics coach, Best Buddies representative, and Union President.
My focus as a special educator are the functional skills that students are learning and how they will apply those skills in the classroom, in the community and throughout their lives. I have a strong philosophy on teaching community based skills, behavioral and self-management skills, daily living skills, social skills, and functional academics.
District Employee of the Month December 2013
Bachelor's of Special Education (LBS I) and Master's of Special Education (LBS II) with endorsements in Curriculum Adaptation and Behavior Intervention Specialists.
I strive to make materials for my students to learn at their maximum potential. I am proficient in the use of many technology including the Boardmaker Software Family that is prevalent in many of my products. Many of my products were made using interactive boards in Boardmaker to better engage students. If you need any help or have any questions, please ask.