I am a retired special education teacher. My experience includes all stages of the special education system including initial screening, testing, test analysis, disability identification, designing of their educational programs and implementation of the specialized instruction. I have taught students with disabilities that include autism including Asberger's Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, low vision/blind, language delays in young children, learning disabilities in older children, mental retardation in five year olds through 15 year olds, including English Language Learners who needed prescriptive tutoring before special education was instituted. I also taught religious school courses.
I love connecting with children. I honor the trust they put in me, and I honor the trust their families put in me. I have faith in their abilities to learn, and I hold that in front of me every moment I am with them in the learning process we share together. It is more than a skill I am endeavoring to instill. Children need to be open to the wondrous aspect of knowledge. When they feel this excitement, it awakens their curiosity, and that 'opens up the soil' for the planting of the seed which grows into a plant with many flowers, one of which is the skill we started with.
I look forward to the opportunity to connect with your child. I know we can move him or her along the path to proficiency and even more, to the appreciation of the wonder of this world in which we all live.
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