My experience in the field of education has included the design and implementation of new programs - in a private school setting, small public schools and for a large district. In each of the schools, the programs I developed were successful, allowing the students to demonstrate considerable progress academically and socially. I have served as a Literacy Program Trainer and provided consultation/support for classroom teachers. While working for one public school, I developed and implemented a literacy program in a Language Arts Resource Room setting. The students in these classes were held to high standards, with an expectation of growth and measurable achievement. I designed a targeted, multi-sensory program that included computer-based instruction and a vocabulary program integrating music, reading comprehension and writing connections. The students in my classes ranged in ability; struggling readers/writers, students at grade-level and students reading at an advanced level.
As a special education teacher at a private school, I taught students with emotional/behavioral disorders and students with multiple disabilities/autism, developing and successfully implementing a new curriculum. The curriculum I designed provided all student populations with extensive interaction and opportunities for growth and communication. The program was based on a multi-sensory approach; I included music, reading buddies, small group work, hands-on life skills practice and Reading Therapy dogs. The students ranged in age from eight to twenty-one.
I have also taught at the college level as an adjunct professor. In order to provide a quality special education component for both undergraduate and graduate students, I needed to be in touch with the latest research. I am experienced with professional development, building learning communities and forming a collaborative atmosphere that encourages sharing ideas and working toward positive outcomes.
Undergraduate Degree: Grove City College - Bachelor of Science, Social Work
Graduate Degree: Centenary College - Masters in Education, Special Education
I love all types of gardening - for butterflies and wildlife, herbs for tea, flowers and vegetables to share. I have a large group of pets - dogs, cats, chickens, ducks and frogs! I am even a Certified Chicken Therapy Handler! I also love to read and collect children's books.
Certified Reading Intervention
Elementary School English
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
Middle School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Social Studies
Middle School Writing
PRAXIS Elementary School
PRAXIS Social Studies