With nearly 25 years experience working with people who are differently-abled, I continue to learn from my students and families and the relationships we develop. I graduated from App State with a degree in education and earned teaching certifications in MR, LD, and BED for people ages 5 through 21. I earned 30 hours graduate work in LD with a focus on Administration from UNC-G and in 2016 completed a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies focusing on Global and Humanitarian Need, also at UNC-G. I had National Board certification in Special Education for 10 years but decided to devote my time to my students' needs rather than re-certifying. I completed a 10-month IMPACT Greensboro leadership training at the internationally recognized Center for Creative Leadership and enjoy being a life-long learner.
I have worked in many types of settings including a 3-5 year-old Extended School Year class at Gateway Education Center, four different levels of self-contained classes elementary and middle school, resource and co-teaching classes, vocational rehab, summer school enrichment programs and as a CAP worker and homebound teacher for general and special education students. Each student is an individual with their own strengths and unique needs. It is my job to highlight and utilize their strengths to support and guide them in developing their potential collaboratively with a team of support staff and families.
My four sons and I moved to Greensboro in 2004 and immediately found ourselves at home. I found my personal passion mid-2012 as a runner so when I am not teaching, you may find me running any chance I get! I started at NWMS in 2007; this is my fifth year as the teacher of the Adaptive Curriculum class. I enjoy working with the Running Club, co-sponsor SAVE Club (Students Against Violence Everywhere), and help my students participate in service learning. I serve on the school Equity Team and PBIS.