This is Emily's 4th year as an elementary sped teacher of children with intellectual disabilities.~~~~~~ Christina is going on her 11th year teaching students with autism and/or intellectual disabilities.
"I am very structured in my teaching. We have routines and schedules we follow on a daily basis. Along with being extremely structured, I am flexible and show my students that flexibility is a strength. One of the first things I do is build rapport with my students. They will trust their teacher when they can enjoy their company. I teach to give my students responsibility and accountability for their work and their actions. I also like to give my students real-life experiences in order to prepare them for life after their primary school years." -Emily ~~~~~~ "I enjoy getting to know my students and treat them with the utmost respect in the classroom. I have high expectations and hold students accountable for their actions! In addition, I get to know the students for who they are and what they want to be. I see their potential and help them to achieve their goals." -Christina
In April of 2014, Christina won Teacher of the Year through the WCASS of CESA 1. This was a huge accomplishment!
Emily has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Cross Categorical Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with an emphasis on Emotional Behavior Disorders.~~~~~~ Christina has a Bachelor's Degree in Cross Categorical Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Behavior Disorders. She also has a Master's Degree from Lakeland College in Education. (Her thesis was written on Community-Based Instruction for students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities!) Both Christina and Emily continue to attend conferences and take classes in order to stay current in their practices and to learn new skills and strategies.
In their classrooms, Christina and Emily focus on the Common Core Essential Elements and the Life Centered Career Education Rating Scale with their students. The LCCE's main focus is daily-living, personal-social, and occupational guidance and preparation skills. Additionally, a main focus for them has been implementing Community-Based Instruction in the classroom. During this time, their students learn about a specific place of business in the community, visit that business, and are assessed afterward. The goal is for their students to become more independent and/or tolerate new places outside of school.~~~~~~ Aside from her love of teaching, Emily enjoys spending her free time making new memories with her husband, daughter and friends/family. Interior Design and DIY projects are her secondary passion followed by attending sporting events, live shows, and trying new foods!~~~~~~ Christina's passion for teaching isn't the only thing keeping her going. She loves spending time with her boyfriend and friends/family, playing with her dog Lulu along with running a day camp, shooting trap, and attending local concerts.