Ever since I was a young child, I have always wanted to be a teacher and played school with imaginary students. In pursuit of teaching actual children, I achieved an undergraduate degree in elementary education. My post undergraduate experiences provided me with the opportunity to work with children with special needs. I was inspired and influenced mor that I imagined. As a result, I pursued a Master's Degree in Special Education (k-12). After years of teaching first grade, third grade and special education, calling the kids I taught "my kids," I decided to have my own kids and "retired' to be a mom. The adventure of parenting has enruched my life more than I could have imagined. I have realized that I have never actually "retired" from teaching but held a different teaching postition.
In recent years, I have been teaching a variety of students, various ages through J.C.C. Utica and Building Blocks. These experiences have allowed me to use my knowledge of reading and American Sign Language to expose, eliicit, and enhance students' language experiences. I have had the privilege of working with a variety of educational professionals in many different settings.
Currently, I am an eigth grade special educator here at Mount Markham. I am continually challenged and intrigued by this population of learners. I truly enjoy this age group! Middle School is a unique time of development in children's lives and I am happy to be a part of this adventure.
In closing, to past and present students remember I will always be there for you and you have touched my life more than you know!
"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which YOU can use to change the world."