I have been working with students with Special Needs of all ages for 26 years. I absolutely love this work. Currently, I work as a Transition Coordinator in the Bloomfield Hills School district. I also do a lot of the Home bound services (students who are not attending school for one reason or another), ESY (extended school year in the summer) and I just completed 5 weeks of the district offered Summer Enrichment to students with IEPs in the 6th and 8th grades. I will have my 30 years at the end of 2024 and I would love to continue working with students in the capacity you are offering.
My teaching philosophy is: My philosophy for being a successful teacher is about making connections, developing trust, and making learners feel safe. I have found that learning does not occur successfully until these traits are achieved.
I have worked with students with unique and special needs for 26 years. Throughout my time as an educator, I have discovered that most of my learners don't feel safe in the classroom. I believe much of this is due in part to a history of not performing as their age appropriate peers. This in turn makes them less likely to reveal their challenges and occasionally even act out.
I have found that when I focus on my students' personal strengths, interests and ideas initially, this creates a personal connection between the students and me. And in turn, this earns their trust, makes them feel safe and a connection begins. I strongly believe that once a teacher has those qualities in a learner, teaching and learning can take place.
I teach: I assisted students in the resource room in all classes in the MMC
Wayne State University BS, 1993
Masters in Special Education, 2000
I also work with students between the ages of 18 - 26.
I am certified Special Education in the areas of Transition, Learning Disabled and CI (MICI/MOCI)