My passion for teaching was sparked in high school when I volunteered to work with students with severe emotional and behavioral needs at a day treatment center in Ohio. The personal connection I made with these students serves as the thread that has woven my career and continues to ignite the spark that initiated my passion in teaching. After high school, I earned my degree in Special Education at Ohio University. Ten days after graduating, I packed my bags and moved to Vail, Colorado to fulfill the hope of becoming a Rocky Mountain resident. I taught in Eagle County at a center-based elementary program for students with severe needs. During this time, I earned my master’s degree from the University of Colorado with a dual endorsement in Special Education and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. This combination of studying with a wonderful group of educators and applying my learning within the classroom in real time was invaluable. It was paramount in my growth as an educator. Then, I moved to Denver with the hope of furthering my teaching experience within the urban setting. These collective experiences have led me to transition to my current role as an Alternative Licensure Instructor for the Aspire to Teach program at CU Denver
My Students at University of Colorado Denver
Continue to ignite my passion for teaching. Their dedication to this profession inspires me to share my experiences as an educator and to connect with them in order to best meet the needs of their students. I am grateful for the opportunity to share in the excitement of learning new approaches grounded in Universal Design for learning and the foundation of culturally responsive teaching to empower students to have voice and impact in their community.
My Research Interests
- Effective social and emotional interventions for students with and without disabilities
- Culturally responsive teaching and educational equity
- Universal Design for learning
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