My passion for supporting students with exceptionalities and helping them access the world around them started in high school when I was a teacher’s aide in an afterschool program for toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Following that experience, I became a special education teacher and taught in Washington, D.C., at a 6-12 charter school. I supported 7th grade students. During that time I had many experiences that made me understand the unique needs of urban schools, and specifically the needs of students with exceptionalities. Following that experience, I joined the staff of Teach for America and served as a Program Director for one year in the Rio Grande Valley, TX office. That experience helped me better understand rural districts and how to provide support and access for students with special needs in rural communities.
Following my time in Texas, I moved to the Teach for America, Colorado office and served another year as a Program Director before being promoted to the Director of Special Education. During that time, I learned a lot about the alternative licensure landscape in Colorado. I have been able to apply that knowledge in my role as the Special Education Alternative Licensure instructor for the ASPIRE to Teach program.
My Students at University of Colorado Denver
Remind me why teaching is such an incredible profession. They are like sponges, absorbing so much key information and constantly amazing me with how they apply the principles of culturally responsive classroom management and universal design for learning to engage all learners and make them feel welcome in their school community.
My Research Interests
- While the ASPIRE to Teach program has given me so many new avenues to explore, my primary passion is building culturally responsive, inclusive special education programs in schools in Colorado.
I am a runner, and 9 times out of 10, if I am not answering my phone or e-mail it is because I am out on a run! I also enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs exploring the amazing trails that Colorado has to offer.
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