Bachelor of Fine Arts
Certified Behavior Specialist
Worked in a clinic and classroom setting with children on the Autism Spectrum under the supervision and training of Board-Certified Behavior Analysts and Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists.
I have been at HRLA for 10 years working at middle and high school levels with students with EBD, Autism, and/or learning disabilities. I have worked my way up from being a Teaching Assistant to a Lead Teacher to now an Administrator. I have worked as a Teaching Coach and a Campus Mentor, where I helped to develop staff from within. I provide support to teachers through training to implement strategies that both address behavior and academic challenges in the classroom. I currently work as an Academic Supervisor. My role is to develop teachers and staff through training and support, while preparing curriculum and a course plan for students to graduate successfully.
My teaching philosophy is to challenge my students to reach their full potential. To never accept the answer of “I don’t know” or “I can’t” as an excuse to not try. I feel it’s important to provide fun, creative opportunities through field trips, plays, and activities to leave lasting memories for them to reflect on for years to come. I believe in exposing the students to the Arts and encouraging creativity and outside-the-box thinking to help broaden their scope of possibilities. That if they can dream it, work for it, and stick with it, then they can be it. I strive to promote students’ positive self-image by affording them with the opportunity to have a voice in the classroom through in-depth group discussions and activities. My purpose is to provide them with the best possible tools for success through individualized instruction, and a fun, loving, learning environment devoid of bullying or negativity.