Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education - Providence College -1993
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy - Philadelphia University -2001
I have worked in the field of Special Education for 26 years and as an Occupational Therapist for 18 years.
I worked for a brief period of time as an Occupational Therapist in a Physical Rehabilitation facility for adults.
I have worked with students from 1 - 101 ( 103 actually!)
In the school settings, as well as in every other setting I have worked in, my goal for every student is for them be to be as independent as possible- to be competent and successful, actively involved in motivating activities, and learning in an environment where it is safe to take risks.
My favorite saying is " Mistakes mean that you are learning!!"
Outside of work, I am hanging out, parenting, attending games and performances, and driving around the gaggle of teenagers in my life. I love being in and playing in nature, preferably near a body of water, listening to or playing music, and being around animals.
Here are a few helpful websites full of resources:
- great FREE resource for printing out all types of lined paper and graph paper
- FREE educational computer games by grade level
My favorites are : Cupstack Typing - for students just learning where the letters are
Keyboard Invasion - "space invaders" -like- game with a lot of repetition to help learn the keyboard and improve speed in a fun way.
You need to set up an account but it is free. Hundreds of short movement breaks and calming activities to help with the wiggles during homework.