I have had the privilege of working in special education for over five years here in my home town of Las Vegas and Henderson. I work mostly with students in the resource setting who are each working with their own set of strengths and struggles. Before calling the Las Vegas valley my home, I was living in Alaska where I worked with adolescents in a residential mental health facility, working on both academics as well as behavior issues. I have my bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies and have always had an interest in advocacy, which led me to teach in special education. I went on to obtain a master’s degree in special education and am licensed in the state of Nevada with an endorsement as Special Education Generalist K-12.
As a teacher and a parent, I have seen room for improvement in the way students with different needs get the services they need to succeed, as well as the social inclusion and life skills to be more successful. To me, the best part of what I do is to investigate each student’s abilities and limitations as an individual and then to figure out the best programs and curriculums to get the best results. Everyone is wired differently, so finding the most beneficial delivery method is crucial to get the skills that are more difficult to acquire.