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The 2017-2018 school year is my seventh in Mesa Public Schools and my second year at Lincoln Elementary. I am excited to be here for you and your student. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Education and Special Education. I am highly qualified to teach 1-8 General Education and K-12 Special Education. I have worked with the special needs population focusing on behavior disorders since 2003.
My teaching experience is quite eclectic. I've taught students with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities, autism, emotional and behavioral disorders, orthopedic impaired, speech and language impaired, learning disabilities, visual impairments and other health impairments including multiple sensory processing disorder, traumatic brain injury and most recently with specific learning disabilities.
My first five years of teaching were at SHARP, a most restrictive placement, designed to reintegrate students back into their own home school communities by providing positive behavioral interventions to all behaviors including harm to self or harm to others concerns. I accomplished this by instituting the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) model as well as attending monthly Child Focus Teams (CFT) and in home Individual Service Plan (ISP) meetings. I conducted in home behavioral observations and worked with educational, and in home, related services to coordinate a combined approach to behavioral modification that allowed the student to control his/her own behaviors, rebuild relationships, and move back into a less restrictive educational placement.
Everyday, students are encouraged to use multiple communications methods including vocalization, written, gesturing, sign language, picture exchange and varied technology options to enrich his / her learning experience on their journey to self efficacy. It is my goal to not only advocate for my students but also teach students how to advocate for themselves.
Welcome to my classroom.