As the daughter of two educators, I’ve always had a passion for teaching. I was drawn to children who needed something special compared to typical peers and seemed to sense what that was from an early age. There was never a doubt in my mind what my “calling” in life is. My first position was in Houston, TX and I spent three years teaching in an urban setting. I learned a lot and worked hard to maximize the learning experience for my K-6 students in a self-contained setting. I was awarded the “Outstanding Young Educator” during my time in Houston. After raising my family and moving to Indiana, I returned to education. I spent 23 years serving in various roles in a variety of settings including resource room, Autism Specialist, and Preschool Coordinator for the district’s youngest learners. During my tenure with Hamilton Southeastern Schools, I was awarded the “Teacher of the Year”, served on the district PBIS team, developed relationships with community and educational stakeholders, delivered presentations at state conferences, and other professional development training and maintained my love for students as well as the hefty administrative duties a special educator undertakes. In addition to my duties in the school corporation, I facilitated college courses for a Transition to Teach program and found great joy watching future educators apply their education to serve those in the public schools. Recently I joined forces with the Early Learning Alliance Network, a Non-Profit organization committed to supporting families with children ages 0-8 as an instructional support specialist. I look forward to partnering with you as you realize your dream to be a special educator.