Ever since I can remember, I have always loved to read or be read to. My parents have always filled my life with print-rich materials. One event in my life that will always affect me emotionally and professionally is the day a middle school teacher told my parents that I could possibly have a reading disability. After being tested, no specific disability was identified. After that school year, my parents pulled me out of the private school and enrolled me in my local public school. I began receiving the strategies and developing the skills necessary to make me a successful learner and enjoy the educational experience. Today, I am enrolled in a Master’s program earning my degree in Reading and Learning Disabilities. It is my goal to become a general education teacher at the elementary level. I want to show struggling readers that with the right tools, they too can feel successful and enjoy their educational career.
Although that event led to Master’s in Learning Disabilities and Reading, my passion for teaching began when I started working part-time at a local child care program in my town 13 years ago. It was very rewarding showing a child how to tie their shoes, or helping with their homework, or just playing a board game or creating an art project together.
In 2007, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development with certification in Elementary Education and General Special Education from Rivier College located in NH. Living in Massachusetts, it was important for me to become certified in my home state. I took the state required exams and became certified in Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities.
Upon graduation, I was a substitute teacher and completed a long-term position in grade three.
My current position is working in a public school district as an instructional aide. I have been in this position for three years. In that time, I have worked with students in grades K-4. I have worked with students diagnosed with a specific learning disability and students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
As my background shows, it is my intention that my instruction reaches all types of learners fostering a love and success for learning.