About me...

"Why fit in when YOU were born to STAND OUT" ~Dr. Seuss

Working with children who have exceptional needs and behavioral needs, has taught me to appreciate the little things in life. Laugh when others get angry, accept behaviors as actions not character traits, and believe in the impossible! Each milestone met is a goal achieved and each bump in the road is merely a reminder that we are all human! I have an Undergraduate degree in Special Education (K-12) and a Masters degree in Psychology- Applied Behavior Analysis.

When I am not working, I love spending time with my husband. We enjoy fishing, camping, kayaking, swimming, going to dirt track races, four-wheeling, hiking, sitting around fires at night, listening to music, and just being outside. We have 4 dogs and 2 cats! Needless to say, we love animals! I enjoy reading quotes, writing, and finding inspiration & peace in nature. My favorite colors are camouflage, blue & orange!

I realize that all children are different and learn in different ways. All children are successful in ways that are unique to them and who they are. I have a strong passion for helping struggling students. I too, was a struggling student in school. I know how it feels to struggle and not want to go to school. That is why I can and I do hold high expectations of my students! “Different, not less”, in the words of Temple Grandin is the motto I use not only in teaching but in life!

I advocate for all students and agree with Howard Gardner, when he recognized that there are eight types of intelligence! It is important as parents, teachers, and role models to identify our children’s intelligence. Although academics are an essential part of life….self worth and integrity is a crucial key to achievement and success in life!

Linguistic Intelligence (Word Smart)

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence (Number Smart)

Spatial Intelligence (Picture Smart

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (Body Smart)

Musical Intelligence (Music Smart)

Interpersonal Intelligence (Body Smart)

Naturalist Intelligence (Nature Smart)

**Credit given to Howard Gardner for types of intelligence.

For more information please visit the following web site. **

(http://www.infed.org/thinkers/gardner.htm)