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Subjects Taught
Functional Skills

Education

I graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC with a BA in Sociology and Psychology.

I successfully completed the Teach4NC program, and obtained my North Carolina Teaching License from East Carolina University.

Currently I am enrolled in a Masters of Education program with a concentration in Special Education at Concordia University, and will complete this program in November 2015. 

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Experience

I have been teaching students with special needs for 11 years, and I have worked with individuals with special needs for close to 13 years.  It is an area of education that I take great pride in, and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to work with students to maximize their experience and independence across all environments in their life.  I place high expectations on students in my classroom, but we also have fun and learn in a safe environment.  I look forward to molding my students into young adults this year, and helping to shape their futures to be productive, engaged members of their community. 

 



Bio

I was born and raised in small upstate New York town at the foot of the Adirondak Mountains.  After graduating from high school, I found myself following my family to North Carolina in order to expand my opportunities. I completed college and decided to stay in North Carolina for a while, even though I'm a die-hard New York Yankee fan.  I have an older brother, who is married to a great sister-in-law.  They have 4 young children, who I spoil every chance I get!

When I'm not teaching, I'm either traveling to different places to see family, friends, and beautiful new places, or I'm hanging out with my two fur-babies.  I have a yellow labrador and a Cane Corso Italian Mastiff both of which are trying to become service dogs. 

I am an advocate for students with special needs, especially students with significant cognitive delays and non-verbal communication.  I enjoy thinking outside of the box, and use a combination of ABA strategies and TEACCH strategies within the classroom.  I consider myself an Edu-tainer who not only instructs students, but makes instruction fun.  There is a lot of Incidental Teaching in a Functional Skills classroom, which means that every moment is a teachable opportunity to promote learning.  For students with Autism and cognitive delays more skills are taught through an embedded curriculum which includes the standard course of study with "hidden" instruction in social skills, character education, functional skills, and daily living skills. 

I have been blessed to have the opportunity to do what I love, and love what I do...

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