Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in psychology, sociology, and criminal justice; Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in elementary, K-6 education; Special Education License for Emotional Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disability from Augsburg College; Autism Certificate - State of Minnesota; Master of Education-in Teaching and Learning, emphasis in Reading, from St. Mary's University-Winona; State Representative for the Autism Community of Practice and leader of the Regional Southwest Regional Community of Practice
Special Education Teacher; Autism Specialist
Since elementary school, I have known I'd become a teacher. My elementary teachers were creative, kind, caring, and encouraging, and they inspired me. Early in my career, I taught early childhood, and later elementary school in other districts; however, a Jordan principal encouraged me to pursue special education, and work with students of varied needs. I reflected on my high school career, where I was a mentor for individuals with many disabilities, and I became involved with Special Olympics. In those years, I loved working with many individuals and making a difference, so special education was natural for me. The community of Jordan is very accepting and helpful to all students. There is a lot of care for the whole child and we have high expectations to encourage all students to individually grow socially and academically. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the Jordan Community's youth and encourage, inspire and ignite their learning.