I am entering in my second year of teaching in a public elementary school in our nation’s capitol. I have two roles at my school; working with students in a resource setting and within the general education classroom providing inclusion support for grades 1–3.
I absolutely love my job! It is my life’s true passion to teach children and especially children with exceptionalities. This is my second career, having worked in public relations after I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.
About four years ago, after relocating to the area from my hometown in New York, I had a wonderful opportunity to work as a special education instructional assistant with a little boy with autism. The bond that I established with him allowed me to see the joy I was missing in my career and jump-started my transition to the classroom. Many of my friends would say I had been denying my calling all along.
I am now currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Teaching in special education online through a lateral entry program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. When I am not teaching, studying, or reading about education, you can find me spending time with my soon-to-be 2-year-old daughter, whom I adore, or enjoying a good Zumba workout. Now I can add blogging and creating fun teacher printouts to the list!