Work experience

Work experience
Jun 2005 - Present

Emotionally Impaired Special Education Teacher

Allegan Public Schools

Utilize Technology to maximize and expand student learning.

Demonstrate passion to work with At Risk population.

Facilitate each student's social and intellectual growth by creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and open communication.

Maintain productive learning environment by stating classroom rules/expectations, holding students accountable for their actions, and implementing consistent and fair consequences.

Cultivate parent involvement through consistent written and verbal communication.

Provide additional support to classroom teachers, students, and parents to help support student needs both academically and behaviorally.

LE White Middles School: August 2005-June 2011

  • Self-Contained Special Education Teacher of Emotional Impairments 6th-8th grade

Pine Trails Elementary: August 2011-Present 

  • 4th Grade General Education Teacher
  • Emotionally Impaired Special Educational Teacher k-5th grade
Aug 2011 - Present

Life Skills Coach

Cornerhouse AFC

Provide support for adults with developmental disabilities.

Encourage individuals to set goals and achieve them.

Provide support and communication with clients and their families.

Coach individuals on finances, relationships, elf-esteem, personal fitness, time-management, nutrition, career, and advocacy.

Jan 2005 - Apr 2005

Student Teacher

Valley Center Schools

Taught and co-taught ninth and tenth graders with sever emotional and behavioral disorders.

Used various approaches including cooperative learning, manipulatives, and units developed to assist students in learning.

Developed cross curriculum units to increase understanding of content and relationship of content to student experiences.

Aug 2002 - Dec 2004

Field Placements

Milwood Middle School, Portage North Middle School, Arcadia Elementary, Washington Writers Academy
Jan 2003 - Apr 2003


Juvenile Home School

Taught 12 to 18 year olds Physical Science and focused on building social skills and promoting individual relationships.


Jun 2011

Masters of Arts

Central Michigan University

The M.A. in Educational Technology program at Central Michigan University provided me with learning experiences that enhanced leadership and instruction by utilizing new learning technologies, including multimedia, telecommunications, distance learning, etc. These learning experiences improved my ability to effectively facilitate learning using technologies and understanding the impacts of technology on learners. The skills I learned in this program helped improve instruction for students by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.

Apr 2005

Bachelor of Science in Education

Western Michigan University

This major prepared me to teach children or adults with special learning needs or disabilities. My educational experience focused on diagnosing learning disabilities and creating plans to meet the special needs of each student. I have minors in Chemistry and Biology and endorsements in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairments.

Apr 1999

Bachelors of Science

Western Michigan University

This major provided me with an introduction to the study of sciences. The learning experience explored the anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, etc. I  developed an understanding of biological and chemical systems of the human body.

Teaching Portfolio

Educational Wikis



School Knowledge

Differentiated Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Student Motivation, Interactive Learning, Curriculum Design and Development, Knowledge of Special Education Laws and Requirements, Classroom Management, Student-Centered Learning, Multicultural Awareness, Student Assessment, Whole Group Learning, RTI, Educational Technology, IEPs, 504 plans, etc.

Student-Focused Special Education Teacher

Self-directed, enthusiastic educator with a passionate commitment to student development and the learning experience. Skilled in the design of challenging, enriching, and innovative activities that address the diverse interests and needs of students, Possess' outstanding communication skills; present information in a variety of ways, emphasizing relevance of class material of the world beyond the classroom. Active team member who effectively collaborates with all levels of staff members and establishes quality relationships with students and parents.


Oct 2014 - Oct 2015

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention

The certification focuses on providing prevention and strategies to respond to behavior escaltions. Their motto is to provide Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security to all individuals involved.
Apr 2015

CPR & First Aid