I am thrilled to be joining the Discovery Elementary School staff! As a special education teacher my job is to be part of a multidisciplinary team that helps students master their individual education goals through specialized instruction. By creating a safe and supportive environment, students are encouraged to observe, question and investigate. My hope for all students is to gain the confidence to take educational risks and to instill the love of learning, which in return creates life long learners.
My undergraduate degree is from the University of Rhode Island where I earned a Bachelors of Science in Speech Therapy and Audiology. I moved to Washington, DC when I was awarded a government grant to study at The George Washington University School of Education. While there I earned my Masters in Education and Human Development with a concentration in special education and an endorsement in K-12 Learning Disabilities . Upon completion of my Masters Degree I took a teaching position in Fairfax County where I taught for 10 years both at the elementary and high school levels in self contained and inclusion settings. Most recently I was hired as a mentor resource teacher to work with first year teachers.
I have two teenage children that keep me quite busy. Most weekends I can be found at a soccer or field hockey game cheering on their teams. When I am not on one of the many Washington, DC area sports fields, I enjoy running , vegan cooking, reading and most importantly spending time with my family. Our favorite thing to do together is travel. One of our favorite trips was last summer when we travelled to Costa Rica. While there my children, and my husband, pushed me to do activities out of my comfort zone. One of these activities was repelling down an 80 foot cliff. I repeated the motto “you only live once” the entire way down!
When my children were younger one of their favorite bedtime stories was The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein. The Missing Piece brings to life, with simple illustrations and funny text, the quest for fulfillment and completion. The story begins with a circle who is not happy because he is missing a piece. He sets off on a search for a piece that would complete him. Along they way he tries many different pieces; none of which fit. In the end he finds his missing piece but is not happy with the outcome and so he continues his search. The book’s message that everyone has a “missing piece” is important in the development of a child’s self-esteem. The idea that everyone has flaws, or a missing piece, and that these missing pieces make us who we are, enables a child to embrace their full self, flaws and all. What a powerful message to teach a child.