I first started in education as a piano teacher while in college. I was pursuing a degree in dentistry when I began work at an elementary school as a paraprofessional in the Special Education preschool. I then learned of a paraprofessional opening at a junior high close to my home and switched. It was then that the department head told me I had a natural gift for teaching. She encouraged me to switch majors and to pursue a career in teaching, primarily special education.
I am now in my 11th year as a Special Education teacher. I have taught in the junior high setting for 5 years and the high school setting for 6 years. I have taught resource Language Arts for 1 year, but most of my years have been teaching resource math to high school students. I have had so much joy over these years as well as growth as an educator.
After my first 3 years teaching I decided to return to school and received my Masters in Business Administration. This gave me the needed coursework to become a highly qualified math teacher at the secondary level and also allowed me to gain knowledge to become a leader and resulted in being hired as a Special Education Department Chair for 3 years. I then took a break from face to face teaching ans started teaching high school math online to Special Education students. I realized that I missed the interaction face to face with my students and being able to see if they understood the math that was being taught. I also missed those happy moments that teachers get to share with their students. So, I returned to the traditional classroom setting.
Currently, I am back teaching junior high students in 7th and 8th grade as a resource math teacher. I enjoy helping students that struggle gain understanding in grade level content.
Since I am a firm believer in being a life long learner, I returned to graduate school in 2016 and started to pursue a Masters of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This came from a desire to help others in their goal of learning English as having first hand understanding of what it is like to not speak English. My husband is from Morocco and is not a native English speaker, but through time and work, he is now becoming more proficient.
I love being a teacher because it is a way to help others reach their goal whether they are big or small. Teaching is the gateway to helping others have a successful life and I couldn't imagine myself doing anything else.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: American InterContinental University-Online - Bachelor in Business Administration, Business Administration and Management
Graduate Degree: American InterContinental University-Online - Masters in Business Administration, Business Administration and Management
I love to travel. I have been to Japan, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Grenada and Morocco