I enjoy teaching at GSU because the students are eager to
learn and I am excited to train new candidates to work in the field of Special
Education. Many of our candidates come
to campus with a wealth of practical experiences, which enhances the learning
experiences for all.
I come to GSU with many years of teaching in the public
schools. I have worked with different age groups in both inclusive and
instructional programs. Because I spent so much time in the classroom, I feel I
can share these experiences in order to provide my students with both the
theoretical foundations as well as the practical applications.
Community service is an important part of the mission of
GSU. I currently spend time being involved in organizations such as The
Learning Disabilities Association and the Council for Exceptional Children.
Through my work, I am able to share my knowledge and support for individuals
with disabilities. I especially enjoy serving on the Scholarship Committee
(LDA) because I am able to help provide financial assistance to individuals
with Learning Disabilities as they pursue a college education.
Scholarship: I have presented at several workshops and
seminars. Most recently I presented at the Illinois Council for Exceptional
Children- Illinois- 2013 Fall – “Tools for Effective Collaboration
Teaching: As a special educator, I believe that all
learners can achieve if given the appropriate opportunities. When I taught
young children I learned how to meet the needs of each child by providing the
individualized instruction that each person required. As an instructor at the
college level, I see things in a very similar way. We must provide a
well-rounded education to our students while also considering their unique
talents and challenges.
I currently teach SPED 4100- Survey of Students with
Exceptionalities; SPED 8400- Special Education Practicum 1; SPED 8500- Special
Education Practicum II; and SPED 8600- Collaboration Skills for Teachers and
Support Personnel. I also supervise Student Teachers (SPED 6999). Previously I
taught SPED 8200- Learning characteristics of Learners with Exceptionalities.