Teaching was my first career choice. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a dual degree in Special Education, an emphasis on Emotionally Disabled, and Elementary Education. Moving on to University of Phoenix, I earned an endorsement for Learning Disabilities. Continuing at this institution, I completed my Masters in Educational Counseling. Understanding the importance of language in school and life success, and seeing many students struggle with reading and writing, I was trained as an Academic Language Therapist. After several years, I shifted my focus to mathematics.
Using technology for discovery learning, as a tool for further investigation and data collection,
and for assessment was a result of my training by Texas Instruments in their Technology for All Students (Tfas) and their Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) programs. Due to the amount of time, effort, and funds I had spent on growing my own education in order to help my students, I spent over ten years as a leader in Professional Development. I’ve presented workshops in the areas of reading, mathematics, and technology integration within the district, Arizona, and at international conferences.
Though I’ve been a classroom teacher at the high school and middle school level, I’ve worked one-on-one with tutor and homebound students from second grade through college, from learning the alphabet to College Algebra. I currently hold six certifications in the State of Arizona, and have held positions at public, private, and charter schools, in Special Education and General Education classes.