My passion is teaching. I have spent a lifetime teaching special education students and general education students in agencies and in public schools. I have taught every grade level from preschool to adults. My youngest student was eighteen months old and my oldest student was eighty one.
I have taught in the Waynesboro School District, the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV in Grove City, PA and Neshannock School District. I worked for Lark Enterprises in New Castle, PA. I own the Toadally Frog and Roo School, an Individualized Educational Experience Tutoring School. I am excited to continue to pass on my knowledge to preservice teachers so that they can become the strong educators of the future. I also want to continue to inform students in other fields about the different disabilities and how their fields can provide support.
I have been a faculty member at Westminster since 2010. I am currently the Coordinator of Field Experiences and Educational Partnerships. I assist faculty members and students in finding meaningful placements in our community school districts and agencies for students to apply the skills that they have learned at Westminster. I am excited about being able to establish new partnerships to expand the opportunities that we have to engage with the community.
My undergraduate degree as well as my Master of Special Education degree are from Slippery Rock University.
I am a member of Council for Exceptional Children and I serve as an advisor for the Westminster Chapter of CEC. I am a member of Pennsylvania State Education Association and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. I have presented at “Sail into Literacy” Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV staff development program, Western Regional Support Conference, PA Governor’s School, Slippery Rock University Cooperating Teacher Seminars. Most recently I have presented with a colleague and students at CEC on our research on Mindfulness and its importance in social and emotional learning.
When I am not teaching, I love using tools! I have volunteered to help build over 20 homes with Habitat for Humanity. I am currently a member of Eastbrook Mission Barn's volunteer ramp building team providing access to those with disabilities. I also enjoy creating jewelry with much smaller power tools.