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.