Education

 

1978 - Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas

            Nationally certified teacher education program

           BA - English, Certification Elementary Education

1999 - Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia

           MEd - Special Education, Behavior Disorders

2001 - Georgia State University

           Add-on Certificate - Interrelated Special Education



Bio

I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.  I married my high school sweetheart in 1978 and we have 4 children.  My husband was a Graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and so we spent the first 10 years of our life moving frequently.  I have also taught in Florida and Louisiana.  I took off 10 years from teaching when my children were young - returning as a substitute and parapro for a center based program for students with severe behavior disabilities. During my years away from teaching, I ran two academic based Mother's Day Out Programs, served as both Cub Scouts and Girls Scout Leader, and worked as media center volunteer.

I returned to teaching full time in 1998 working with special education students in a variety of settings. I came to Turner Middle School in 1999. I have received many honors since I have been here including the Council for Exceptional Children's Outstanding Teacher awards for Douglas County and Metro Atlanta in 2006. I was also a receipent of a Public Education Trust (PET) Grant to expand a workshop called More the Same Than Different which raised awareness of the struggles people who have disabilities.

I have been a collaborating or resource teacher since I came to Douglas County.  I am an active co-teacher of the classes I teach.  In addition to serving the students assigned to me, I have helped many teachers in the general curriculum more effectively meet the needs of students who are struggling. 

Collaboration is an art - learning to adapt to your co-teacher's style and strengths while supplementing them to maximize students achievement and success.  I provide teachers with resources (sometimes as simple as reformatting worksheets, providing copies of notes for the entire class, or technology resources) Collaboration also involves offering assistance and support to everyone who works with my students. 

I assist students and their families by making positive and frequent contact with parents.  I phone, just happen by the office if I know the student is going to be checked out, meet parents at programs and after-school activities.  This way, when I need to tell a parent about their student's poor behavior choices or failure to turn in assignments, I have already established a relationship with them and they know I want to help their student to succeed.