I sincerely enjoy my career as an educator and have taught most grade levels K-6. I have over 13 years as a special educator. Each day my purpose is to ensure my students are engaged in meaningful activities and lessons that help academic as well as social and emotional growth. I have worked with children who have many diverse learning abilities and styles, speech and language impairments, behavioral needs, and other health related issues that impact learning. My main goal each day is to provide a welcoming, safe, warm environment where students feel comfortable participating and interacting with each other, the academic materials, and taking risks to advance their skills. My professional development routinely includes reading, writing, and math curriculum work and I often engage in additional training to remain up to date on the latest strategies and information.