To teach children skills that enable them to become responsible, active learners; to foster a caring and creative learning environment that nurtures each child’s emotional and intellectual development; and to celebrate the unique gifts and perspectives of every child with learning differences.
I've been a private special education teacher and one-on-one instructor since 2014. Prior to and while earning my Master of Education in 2012, I worked and volunteered in special education classrooms in several schools (public, private, and charter) for over 10 years.
I hold a Standard Professional Cross-Categorical Special Education K-12 certificate, which means I am trained to teach multiple children with a spectrum of individual needs and challenges, and have held a Structured English Immersion Endorsement, K-12, which means I was trained to teach children whose first language was not English.
Since receiving my degree in 2012, I have attended the Landmark Summer Institute for Educators several times and received additional training in dyslexia, writing, math, and phonics. I have also received training in Phonemic Awareness, Metacognition in the Writing Process, Expository Expression, Language-Based Learning Disabilities, and Strategies to Support Students with Social Skill challenges.
To learn more about my background, you can also read this recent profile of me in Voyage Phoenix.
Arizona State University, 2012
Master of Education, magna cum laude
Standard Professional Cross-Categorical Special Education, K-12
Structured English Immersion Endorsement, K-12
Purdue University, 1991
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Landmark Summer Institute for Educators, 2014 - 2017
Private Special Education Teacher and Consultant
Special Education Teacher
Archway Classical Academy
Arcadia High School
Ingleside Middle School
Arizona School for the Arts
Maricopa Managed Care Systems, Arizona Long Term Care
Human Service Specialist
Arizona Department of Economic Security, Department of Developmental Disabilities
I welcome students enrolled in the Empowerment Scholarship Account Program.