My journey into special education has been an exciting and challenging one filled with joy and fulfillment I could never be thankful enough for. I am about to start my second year as a middle school special education teacher in the small Tennessee town where I grew up. My students have moderate to severe disabilities and all qualify for alternate state assessments. In my opinion, I have the best job in the world!
I earned my bachelor’s degree in education with concentrations in middle school math and social science from the University of Tennessee at Martin. As a junior in college, I realized the true calling for my life was to work with people with disabilities and made plans to enter graduate school immediately. I earned my master’s degree in special education with concentrations in severe disabilities and applied behavior analysis from Vanderbilt University in 2011—the same year I became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Outside the classroom, I love to spend time with my amazing family and boyfriend. My absolute favorite outdoor hobby is hiking; I would prefer to be out in the woods wandering around than just about anywhere. I spend a lot of time at my church, too, where I sing in the choir, teach Sunday school, and work with the student ministry.