The Evergreen State College (Liberal Arts)
I have been employed in the developmental disabilities field for more than twenty years, initially as a Special Education Paraprofessional and within the past few years as a one-on-one, direct care provider for four boys with Autism ranging in age from eight to fourteen. Currently, I work at a Portland, ME high school as a Behavior Health Professional. In this capacity, I provide supervision and academic support to a young man with a Traumatic Brain Injury.
In addition to school-based employment, I worked for almost nine years as an Adult Case Manager for an agency in Portland, OR that served adults with developmental disabilities and significant cognitive deficits.
I have up to date certification in implementing safe, non-invasive techniques in response to challenging physical behaviors. I have this certification through two states, Maine and Oregon.
I absolutely love what I do, and I am often complimented on my calmness, patience and skill level by fellow professionals and occasionally by strangers who observe me and one of my clients interacting in the community. Although I enjoy advocating for children and adults who experience a wide range of disabilities, I find that I have a particular affinity for working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. I have been employed in the developmental disabilities field for more than twenty years, initially as a Special Education Paraprofessional and within the past few years as a one-on-one, direct care provider for four boys with Autism ranging in age from eight to fourteen. Currently, I work at a Portland, ME high school as a Behavior Health
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I myself was diagnosed as an adult with ADHD. In addition, I worked with young adults with ADHD when I was employed as a Special Education Paraprofessional by Eugene 4J School District between 1996 and 1999.
I've been employed in the developmental disabilities field for twenty-two years. The positions I've held include Case Manager, Special Education Paraprofessional, and direct care worker supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Currently, I am employed by an agency in the Portland area as a school-based Behavior Health Professional. My client is a high school Junior with a Traumatic Brain Injury.
When I was in junior high school, a bunch of friends and I would play tackle football together on weekends. It was a lot of fun and I actually miss it sometimes when I think back to that time in my life. I grew up loving the New York Jets, and although I now live in the Pacific Northwest, I still follow how they're doing when each NFL season comes around.
I began using Macs in college in 1986, and I've owned only Mac computers and products since graduating from college in 1993. I love the look of Mac products and the intuitive way in which the operating systems are designed. I owned a Windows laptop for a short time several years back and I don't plan on going back!
I am familiar with Windows platforms not so much from personal use, but because being a skilled Windows user has been a requirement for nearly all the jobs I've had since I graduated from college. While I definitely prefer Mac OSs, and hardware, I have become very accustomed to switching between Mac and Windows computers. The one time I used only Mac computers was when I was a Special Ed. Assistant in Eugene between 1996 and 1999.
I've been a photography enthusiast since I was an elementary school student. That was when my mother gave me my first camera, a point and shoot that took 110 cartridge film. I am mostly self-trained but I did take general photography courses that involved training in darkroom work at Pasadena City College in 1990 and The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1993. At Evergreen, I also earned college credit as a paid photography intern at the House of Representatives at the state capital. My 3-month internship there was definitely one of the highlights of my college career.
I have supported kids and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for the past 21 years. I have worked in a variety of community and educational settings, both as a Special Education Paraprofessional and as a case manager. Currently, I am a Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) with Connections for Kids, a non-profit agency based in Portland. As a BHP, I work one-on-one with a high school student with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Although I am a full time employee, there are quite a few unpaid days off during the school year, so I am looking to supplement my income doing something that I love.