What has your journey been like up to this point?
I graduated from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Initially, I wanted to be a school counselor, but my first job after college was working as a dedicated aide. As a dedicated aide, I served students with mild to severe disabilities. Over time, I transitioned from dedicated aide to teacher assistant, and then to special education teacher. While working in this field, my passion for working with this student population grew, so I pursued a Master’s in Education with a specialization in Special Education. Although I loved my students, I decided to pursue an opportunity to teach typically developing students with accommodations to complete grade-level curriculum. That’s how I ended up here at Friendship Chamberlain.
What do you like most about working as a special education teacher?
What strategies have you found to be most effective?
What do you like about Friendship Chamberlain?
I’m able to teach students who come from my community. I want to provide these students with opportunities for success. As a teacher, I’m inspired to push students to not only achieve high academic standards, but also to believe in themselves.
As a special educator, it’s crucial to focus on students’ abilities, and not just their disabilities. We need to place more of an emphasis on what they can do and reach them in different ways. When we offer customized accommodations, we ensure they achieve success. Every child is a unique learner.
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