I am very grateful of the quality of teachers, professors, colleague and students I have experienced in my 55 years in education. This is to include my elementary and high school years because of the realization of how much those years have had an impact on my learning and teaching style. These years have supplied me with subliminal strategies to guide me onto a positive path of growth and development. Let me add on five more years (birth - entering K) to include my parents and as Italian as they are and despite our forever disagreements, their love, care and fairness for children has made a forever impression in my life.
Being a student who thought school was "fun" because of seeing and talking to friends and satisfied with "C's”, I couldn't wait till I just went to the community college on the hill above my high school to earn an Associates in Nursing, to be out, on my own and, "No more school!" Ironically, I was out of the nursing program within two weeks and hooked into science to be a Physical Therapist. However, my disability, of which I was unaware of at the time, in math, affected my grades in the upper level Chemistry and Physics classes. I then thought of what I wanted to study and decided on teaching. I acquired my BA in Elementary and Special Education, specializing in the Mentally Retarded and Physically Handicapped from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. After five years of working, I found myself interested in turning students with Emotional Disorder around to learning. I then was astonished to have been accepted on a full scholarship, plus a stipend at Syracuse University and graduated with honors obtaining my MS in Education with a concentration in the Emotionally Disorder population. Since then I have taken many graduate courses of interest and what appears to be hundreds of workshops. These experiences have supplied me with an array of programs I can pull from and apply within the classroom to meet group and individual needs. The variety of curriculum committees I was a member of since the early ‘90s in the various school districts I worked, has broadened my knowledge of progressive educational instruction, standards, process of staff development, process of staff development, and raising the expectation bar for student achievement.
Within the thirty-eight years of teaching in Special Education I feel very satisfied of the well rounded accomplishments and growth students have experienced, as well as the many programs I created and implemented in school, between home and school and with community involvement. I have taught in excellent Residential Treatment Centers for Emotionally Disordered for five years and the remaining years in public schools. Up till 2001 I was a Northeasterner. I then resided and taught on Bainbridge Island, Washington for 2 years. I am presently enjoying working for The Caledonia North Supervisory Union in The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. This is the first year of my career I am not teaching students. My position is Acting LEA/Case Manager for out of district placed students with special needs.