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I was five years old when I first knew I wanted to be a teacher.  However, it wasn’t until I was 16 years old that I realized that special education was my calling.  While I am qualified to teach both Elementary Education and Special Education, I am most happy working with with individuals with disabilities.  

 

After 10+ years in the classroom, I’m still in awe of every one of my students.  Their strengths, abilities, and personalities makes each of them a true joy to be around!  

 

I'm currently teaching transition age young adults (18-22 years old) with moderate to severe disabilities and I compare my job to working at Disney World.  Community, life skills, and vocational skills are the focus and I love that each day is different and new.  

My educational background includes- Bachelor's Degree from Bradley University (Peoria, IL) in Elementary Education and Special Education.  Master's Degree from University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL) in Advanced Special Education (LBS II- Multiple Disabilities and Assistive Technology).  30+ Graduate Hours in Assistive Technology.  

 

Outside the classroom, dancing and running are my hobbies, I call Chicago home, and I think macaroni and cheese is a full and complete meal. 

-Heather