Welcome to Special Education
Hi- Here is some information about me, so you know who your child is spending time with! I graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy and a minor in Psychology. I came to Utah for the National Ability Center (NAC) where I was employed as a nationally certified therapeutic recreation specialist (C.T.R.S.). As a C.T.R.S, I taught swimming, horseback riding, skiing and many other sports to people with disabilities. I also had the opportunity to work closely with the Paralympics/ International Paralympics and promote adaptive recreation internationally. During my time with NAC, I earned my masters degree at the University of Utah in Special Education with an endorsement in severe disabilities. When I switched careers to teaching, I felt strongly (and still do) that combining academic/life skills/functional skills/recreation into the classroom setting would be most beneficial for the students. I believe in a holistic view of teaching and embracing each student's individual needs. I also believe that you learn best while having fun! So, I try to implement fun as much as possible. I have been teaching Special Education at Old Mill Elementary for 13 years and can truly say that I love what I do! I am constantly amazed at what the students accomplish and what I learn from them every year!
For 11 years, I organized Wasatch's 5 elementary schools for: swimming, skiing, horseback riding and attending the Nutcracker performance through Balletwest. I also started and coached a local Special Olympics bowling team (for 5 years) but sadly, Special Olympics cancelled it statewide. In addition, I have been working with Intermountain Animal Assisted Therapy and hosting dog therapy in my classroom for 13 years.
On a personal side, my interests include playing with my family. My husband and I have three amazing children. The joke is that I am "solar powered", I love and need to be outside, in particular with my children (and our dog). Being with my family, reading, traveling, hiking and beach fun are also high on my priority list.
My contact information is below, please contact me with any questions/comments. I look forward to working with you and creating a great school environment for your child!
"It is important that children are not limited by what other people think they can do"-Anonymous
"Each of us shines in a different way, but this doesn't make our light less bright"- Albert Einstein