I have worked in the education field for 35 years, mostly in special education. After teaching a resource special education classroom I decided to teach general education to explore whether I could implement what I wanted to see for my special education kids, in a regular classroom as well. I ended up staying in 4th grade for 6 years then taught 5th, 6th, and 2nd. I loved teaching a whole group of students versus the resource model where the kids go in and out so much. Yet, my heart ached for my first love, special education. So I decided to return to the root of my education training; special education. Its where I feel at home!
I graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in Specific Learning Disabilities
K-12 and Elementary Education. I returned to school shortly after graduating and received my certification in Early Childhood. After returning to Special Education, I found another special group of kids to teach. I found working with children with autism, the supreme challenge and an even better reward, so I once again, returned to school and earned my Autism Endorsement.
NOWCurrently I am teaching a Varying Exceptionalities self-contained classroom of students with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Hearing Impaired, Vision Impaired, and Behavior Disorders. This special group ranges in grade levels from Kindergarten through 5th grade.
I believe that if a student isn't learning, we need to meet that student on their level and teach them the way they do learn.
Outside of teaching, I enjoy reading, technology, photography, and my pugs Kismet and Jake.
"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."
-- Ignacio Estrada
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