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Introduce Yourself

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Its nice to see so many new people arriving here. Please take a few moments to tell us about yourself, especially about your interests beyond the classroom.

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Barb Gosney's picture
Barb Gosney
special ed. resource teacher K-6, STEM teacher

I have been in special ed. for 18 yrs. For the past 12 years I have been at the intermediate level, gr. 4-6. I am now going to a position that is K-3 which is inclusion in the most part. I am glad to be challenging myself at another level. I also have embarked on a doctorate degree with an emphasis on STEM education and best teaching practices, and students with special needs. Hello world.

Jennifer Tamayo's picture

Hello, my name is Jennifer, and I just finished my MAED program this year, to teach Special Education, Moderate to Severe disabilities. I am going to work as a substitute teacher this year, as I wait for my teaching credential to get here in the mail! Nice to meet you! Thank you for all of the great advice!

Misty Weeks's picture
Misty Weeks
Middle School Special Education, Mild Disabilities from Danville, Indiana

Hi! Howdy! Hey!! Misty here - getting ready to jump into a new school year! Starting my 10th year (wow it sure flies) as a teacher. My first 7 years I taught in schools within the Department of Corrections - all my students had multiple arrests for crimes that probably would have been felonies if they were adults. I worked ages 12-21 - boys for the first few years, then girls, then both. WHEW! While in the D.O.C, I wore many hats including Special Education Coordinator and Acting Principal/Lead Teacher. After many State issues, the D.O.C. laid off all 22 of the teachers at my facility in 2009. Fortunately, I was able to find a job in a public school. I'm going on my third year in their special eduation program. First year I did self-contained middle school, last year it was Pre-Algebra/Algebra/Basic skills in the high school, and this year I will return to the middle school for a new class - students with social/emotional needs and also low functioning/MiMH needs. I'm looking forward to developing the new program and hoping to get ideas and inspirations from this group!!!

Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Welcome Jennifer and Misty! Please feel free to use our resources and comment and share your knowledge, skills, and classroom wisdom!

Laurie Wagner's picture
Laurie Wagner
Special Education Teacher in K-8 charter school in Minneapolis

I have been teaching for about 15 years in a variety of K-12 settings, including many years in setting IV EBD. I'm currently working in a school with nearly 100% ESL students (Somali) and find assessment with this population challenging. I'm also interested in making much greater use of technology for my students and for collaboration.

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Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi Laurie,

Welcome to Edutopia! Feel free to post and comment on discussions. Even better feel free to post questions. We have some educators who have their own experiences to share. Please let use know if we can help you with anything.

Ida Brandão's picture
Ida Brandão
Senior officer at the Ministry of Education in Portugal

I'm involved in ICT for Schools since 1995. In the last 5 years I've been working in Special Education Needs. I'm monitoring a national network of 25 ICT Resources Centres for Special Needs and run a Moodle community of the teachers working in these Centres. The aim of the Centres is to assess pupils needs in assistive technologies and to raise awareness among the educational community for inclusion and the importance of the technology support to grant more autonomy to children and youth.

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Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi Ida,

Glad that you joined our forum! With your knowledge I am sure that people will be inspired by your discussions and posts. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Hubert

Ida Brandão's picture
Ida Brandão
Senior officer at the Ministry of Education in Portugal

Countries and societies are different and perspectives from different actors may also diverge.
Ultimately, the core issue is to support children and youth with disabilities to overcome barriers and around this main interest we may converge. I'm willing to share the latest policy developments regarding inclusion in Portugal. We follow the international and european strategies regarding inclusion in mainstream schools.

Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi Ida,

Looking forward to reading about international and European strategies regarding inclusion in mainstream schools. There is much global knowledge.

Hubert

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