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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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Ritchell Cadely's picture

Hello , ive been interested in this field for quite some time now I just completed my Masters in Special Education, However im still struggling to pass my state license exam in NY.I joined this group to communicate with professionals that has been in the field that can offer me some experience as i enter this field..

Margie Wismont's picture

I love my student and all the hard work they do to achieve. I see the glory through their eyes not by comparing to others at their grade level. Teaching reading to an absolute non-reader is my biggest challege with my students. I had a child whom I have barely reading and his parents are taking him out of school for the summer. I am so frustrated that they don't understand how fragile his skills are.

Rhonda's picture

[quote]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.[/quote
Hi! I am Rhonda and I am a professional educational advocate. I have a child with a NVLD., and have been a Special Education Administrator. I work with parents and children who seem to have tried everything and are still not succeeding. I developed "The Clarity Process" and would love to try to answer any question folks have in this discussion group. I practice nationally, over Skype, etc. (being built)

Amy's picture

Hi, I currently teach in a middle school resource room in which I teach study skills, Math, and English. I am currently working on my master's degree in special education. I would like to gain new ideas on how to help my students, as well as, ideas on how to improve my teaching.

Housecat's picture

Hi. I'm just posting, after a very long time, to update. I still feel grateful to others here who provided support, advice, and resources to me last school year. I made it through the year and had a lot of success, particularly with the support of the ROTC program.

But I did return to overseas teaching after that. I'm never, ever going to be able to forget those students. They genuinly tore my heart out. It was a very gratifying year in some ways, but just took so MUCH out of me. I'm a single mom, and I decided that I had to have enough left over for my own child at the end of the day. But I loved my job, as hard as it was.

When I took the position, I had no idea I was getting kids with behavior challenges--I was deliberatly mis-led about this. I also didn't have any time or energy to take the classes I'd need for SPED certification. I didn't even have a planning period! But the year that I spent with those students changed my life. I wish you all the best. Thank you for doing what you do!

Laurie Lambert's picture

HI Everyone,

I teach in a small private school of about 100 students that is affiliated with CPS in Chicago. I am in my third year and every day I feel like I just started. Currently we have self-contained high school classes grouped by "personality" not grade level, ability level, or disability. Most of us are hoping to "departmentalize" classes next school year. We teach all subjects which is very challenging at the high school level. We are looking for Spanish materials for non-Spanish speaking teachers...any suggestions? Our computer technology is very out-of-date and we have some access issues due to being part of a larger organization built on a business model. Also looking for online Professional Development opportunities. Looking forward to speaking with small school teachers with similar challenges for suggestions. Hopefully, I can also contribute to the discussion. Thanks

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Kathy Michael
Resource/Specialist for Visually Impaired Children

Hello! I'm Kathy. At the end of this month I will have 35 years in education under my belt. I work with students who have visual impairments and their teachers so I get to travel to about nine schools and sit in traffic a little bit. I'm considered the technology person for our department.I also make appointments to teach teachers and have mini-workshops for their students to educate them about blindness and low vision. These days most of my students are multi-disabled with visual impairments.

My interests outside of school are art (which I used to teach), photography, and children's ministry. I also volunteer for Kairos Prison Ministry and for a new mentoring program called Second Chance. It's about mentoring to people who have four to six months in parish prison, helping them make plans, etc. and keeping track of them for a year to make sure they don't either go back or graduate to state prison.

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Joyce Whitley
High School English and Special Education

Hi, My name is Joyce. I am from San Diego but moved to North Carolina 18 years ago. I have been teaching me entire life from tutoring in Elementary school, volunteering at an Elementary school when I was in middle school. Took childhood development classes in high school. Volunteered in my kids schools until they were old enough for me to go back to college and then I was a preschool teacher, middle school assistant and a high school teacher.
I absolutely love what I do. I have recently been teaching the online courses for high school OCS classes. I think it is one of the best motivators for our kids. There are so many resources out there that take away the paper and pencil stereotypical classroom and make it more interactive and 21st century orientated. I am in the process of becoming an online teacher as well as the face to face teacher. I look forward to all the new things I can do with the modern technology.

Dee's picture
Secondary Education Specialist

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.

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