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Charlotte Chapman's picture
Charlotte Chapman
Middle School Special Ed/Mildly Intellectually Disabled from Sanford, FL

This is my 23rd year in teaching. I have taught all ages and exceptionalities (I think) in 3 states (Indiana, Ohio and now Florida). I love being in the classroom and watching my children grow. I know that keeping in touch with the most recent developments in Education will help me help my kids! That's why I join groups like this! I especially am interested in the impact of our students and the state assessments!

Outside of school, I enjoy time with friends and family, traveling and running Children's ministries!

Kathleen Lane's picture

Hi Everyone! I am a 7th and 8th grade special education teacher. I teach in a self-contained classroom and teach all subject areas. This is my fourth year of teaching and I love every minute of it. I have two fabulous para-professionals without whom I could not do what I do! I have twelve students with a variety of disabilities including: Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, ODD, PDD, ADHD, and just your run of the mill specific learning disabilities.

I am so excited to have found this forum to gather information, ideas, suggestions, and support. I look forward to learning from the more experienced teachers here.

In my time away from teaching, I enjoy spending time with my children, taking walks, reading, and skating.

Carol Biever-Margelewski's picture

Hi. I'm a special education teacher, teaching moderate to severe preschoolers. Just 3's and 4's. I've taught all ages but like the little ones because I don't get hurt like I did with the big guys. I specialize in students with behavior problems and we all know what that means. I love my job, I left industry and took a pay cut to be a teacher. I have a MS in Special Education and have been teaching about 16 years in Los Angeles.

I also have had the opportunity to be an advocate for families and students in other districts. It's interesting to be in another chair at IEPs.

My biggest challenge right now is to align my IEPs and lessons to the California Preschool Learning Foundations. These are State Standards for preschool.

I work with wonderful paraeducators who could be/should be teachers. We're a great team and that's a fantastic thing to have in a classroom. Right now I have 12 students and that's a lot of toilet training!

One of the best parts of working with the little guys is that I have an opportunity to move them to higher functioning classes or even out of special ed as they mature and get some structure. It makes my job a challenge and has that extra reward.

Carol Biever-Margelewski's picture

I forgot to add my interests out of the classroom. I raise and show Boxers which is a time consuming hobby but very worthwhile. I also volunteer with Boxer Rescue of Los Angeles, placing homeless dogs with new families and rescuing dogs in danger from the local animal shelters.

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Amanda Vranka
Masters Student at Chatham University

I am student teaching at the moment and I would love to know as much as I could about Special Education, because this is where I would really love to teach. I have been assisting the Autistic Support Room and need to know as much as I can to get a great experience.

Lori's picture

My name is Lori. I graduated as a non-traditional student from UW Madison in December of 2009. I am also a parent of two children who have IEPs. My children are what led me to special education. I have been on both sides of the fence. I have been in some great schools in WI, where i have learned many things to help students with special needs. I am currently bringing those concepts into my own community while waiting to find a job in special education. I graduated in December but did not finish student teaching until the end of January, and am still waiting on my license to teach.

Tam's picture
K-6, K-12 Learning Disabilities; Currently teaching elementary special ed

Hello, my name is Tamara. I am a special education teacher. This is my 3rd consecutive year teaching full time in the public school setting. In October, after two years and five weeks of teaching at the high school level, I was switched to elementary due to a decrease in numbers at the high school and my own low seniority.

I have learned tons at the elementary level--especially in the due process area. I miss teaching classes as I did at the high school level, and find it challenging doing so many diferent small groups and trying to fit in paperwork at the elementary level. I have found aspects that I love at both the elementary and secondary levels, as well as aspects that I am not quite so fond of at each level.

I split my days between a regular elementary school and a Spanish Immersion school. The immersion environment has created a lot of questions for me regarding special ed (which is in English) and students who have learning disabilities and/or AD/HD in a primarily Spanish environment. English is not taught during the school day until 2nd grade. English is the first language of most of the students.

I love learning and am not afraid to ask lots of questions. I always want to get as much as I can out of my teaching environments. I also have experience as a K-12 substitute teacher for 4 and a half years, as well as full time experience in a charter school and a private school.

I'm looking forward to getting to know other teachers here and learning from each other.

Guin Hilmes's picture

Hi there...

I am a 4th grade special education teacher. This is my 5th year to teach and I have taught in Texas and Oklahoma. I'm and OU Sooners fan!I love to plant flowers and fish. I also run a lingerie business and do parties for ladies in the evenings...goes awesome with my teaching job. I have 3 kids and enjoy life every day. I love to meet new people and hope to pick up some amazing ideas from all of you to help keep my teaching at its best! I hope I can help share some ideas with all of you that can help you too!

Helene's picture

I am Helene and I am a first year teacher. I am a career changer so I have been in the workforce for nearly 30 years. I teach life skills students in a self-contained classroom and would be interested to hear from veteran SpED teachers on how they juggle all of the paperwork and still find time to teach!

tammy's picture

Hi Everyone,
My name is Tammy. I have taught special ed for 22 years and except for a very brief time (1 semester) of regular ed kindergarten. Right now I teach OH children grades K to 2. I love special education and wouldn't dream of teaching anything else!

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