Introduce Yourself Related Tags: Special Education More Related Discussions Deven Black , Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY Posted 10/25/2009 6:06PM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM 193 Replies 3070 Views 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. Sign in to vote! Sign in to Flag as Spam Share 193 Share Comments (193 Replies)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS Newest Related Discussions Show 10 More Comments Posted 6/1/2011 12:08pm Hubert V. Yeesocial media and marketing manager of startup [quote]Hi. My name is Dee and I am an Education Specialist, highly qualified to teach Algebra I in the high school level in Northern California near San Francisco. This is my 7th year teaching full time, this being my second career. My students are in the Mild/Moderate range, which sometimes I think is more challenging then Moderate/Severe. Outside of the classroom I love being outdoors gardening, hiking, boating, camping, skiing, etc. I am interested in how to get past my anxiety of parents. I love the kids and we work well together, but parents ... well that is another story, I get myself so worked up worrying about how they will react, that communicating becomes difficult.[/quote] Hi Dee! Welcome to Edutopia. Hope you will find our community groups to be helpful! We have a Parents Group. Feel free to post some discussions. They maybe able to provide some answers to your questions about communication with parents. It's tough for sure. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/8/2011 12:55pm Christine Imbriano Hi all. I am a newly certified special educator (7-12) and am looking for a job. My initial certification is in Mathematics, but I have a very diverse education background. If I could pick my dream job, it would be as a special education teacher who is the inclusion /resource room/skills teacher with a specific cohort of students. Until then, I would be satisfied with almost any job! I currently per diem sub, and the assignments I love the most are the special ed placements. I really love Edutopia and learn a great deal from the seasoned educators who share their knowledge. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/13/2011 8:47pm Andrew Hyland Hello, I'm entering my 8th year teaching and my 4th at the high school level. I have really enjoyed teaching at the high school level despite the higher stakes my students face since they're so close to graduation. Collaborating with general education teachers and watching how those collaborations help our students succeed in high school has been the most satisfying experience in my career--aside, of course, from seeing my students graduate. I hope I can get some good ideas to bring to my school from this resource online. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/20/2011 8:47pm Denise Kurtz Hello all- My Los Angeles Unified special education students are kiddies ages 3-5 years with varying disabilities - they are a joy to interact with on a daily basis, but the families are becoming more difficult each semester. Why is that? And the scholastic rigamarole of IEPs, time lines, testing, etc. doesn't even warrant a mention. Still, early childhood special education is where it's at! Off campus, when not with my rescued cocker spaniel Sophie, I am an advanced weight lifter (4-5days/week), a so-so yoga participant, and a very beginner knitter. Movies, live theater,musical concerts, and reading are some of my other pleasures. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/21/2011 5:02pm Hubert V. Yeesocial media and marketing manager of startup [quote]Hello all- My Los Angeles Unified special education students are kiddies ages 3-5 years with varying disabilities - they are a joy to interact with on a daily basis, but the families are becoming more difficult each semester. Why is that? And the scholastic rigamarole of IEPs, time lines, testing, etc. doesn't even warrant a mention. Still, early childhood special education is where it's at! Off campus, when not with my rescued cocker spaniel Sophie, I am an advanced weight lifter (4-5days/week), a so-so yoga participant, and a very beginner knitter. Movies, live theater,musical concerts, and reading are some of my other pleasures.[/quote] Denise! Welcome! Feel free to peruse and join our questions. Let us know how our community can be of help. Hubert Sign in to vote! Posted 7/27/2011 8:22pm peggy CSpecial Ed. teacher with most invovled st Hi! I have been teaching students that are multi-handicapped, non-verbal and medically fragile for a total of 35 years.There have been SOOO many changes in this field over the years--it is amazing! I am a technology "junkie" with my students and try to expand their participation in all areas of their lives--inside and outside of school. It will be interesting to hear what other teachers are doing around the country. I am looking forward to being part of this discussion group. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/28/2011 11:08am Constancia Hello, I'm returning full-time to the classroom as a resource room teacher due to relocation. I'll be teaching in what I consider "rural" Aiken, SC. I'm originally from New York City where I served as SpEd teacher and School Administrator in several different capacities. I haven't "taught" full-time in over 6 years so this will be quite an adjustment. Also my background is middle school, I will be a 3rd-5th grade resource room teacher. Always seeking like-minded colleagues with helpful hints or just a place to vent when I'm worn down. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/28/2011 11:41am Barbara H.Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Hi,I'm also returning to the field of special education. I've been out of the field for several years due to the raising of my children. Before leaving the field, I had a wealth of experience working with various -handicaps - mostly young children birth-3 yrs.old. I taught in many diverse setting such as hospitals, public school,in the child's home, and private school settings. I have a masters in special education and am looking for a position. I would be open to starting as an assistant or am more than willing to seek further certification, etc. I would welcome any advise or hints that colleagues who have gone through a similar situation could give me. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/28/2011 11:53am Constancia Well Barbara the good news seems to be that most school districts are still hiring for special education positions when all others seem to be getting cut. I would look into the district's requirements for certification where you are located to see if you can pursue a teaching position while becoming fully certified or if you would have to take an assistant position. Charter Schools usually have a margin of uncertified teachers which they can hire per year, that might be another route as well. Good luck! Sign in to vote! Posted 7/28/2011 2:31pm Barbara H.Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Thank you very much for for advise, Constancia. I will defiantly look into the options you recommended. 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