I have been teaching for ten years, enjoying every moment! This year I teach fifth grade students, and am one of the people responsible for our Instructional Consultation Team (ICT) support system. I get to work with kids and with teachers - my favorite combination!
I went to Central Michigan University for my undergraduate work, graduating in 2001 with a degree in Special Education. From that institution I received endorsements in cognitive impairments and early childhood education. I received certification to teach general education classes preK-8, and special education preK-12. I finished my graduate degree from Western Michigan University in 2006, adding an endorsement in learning disabilities and certification as a Master Teacher. I am now pursuing a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences with a Special Education focus at WMU.
In addition to my teaching at Mattawan Later Elementary, I also teach an introductory special education class at Western Michigan University.
I have particular interests in reading instruction and the development of processes that assist the RtI (Response to Intervention) movement. I am involved in the following:
I also enjoy many activities outside of my teaching career. I love kayaking, rock climbing, bicycling, and reading great novels. I love to travel, and have plans to head to Iceland soon! Students know my love for animals, particularly rabbits and, if you can believe it, snakes and goldfish.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org