I am a Special Education Teacher/Learning Specialist at Westview Elementary. I began my teaching career in 1999 as a classroom teacher for 11 years in first and third grades, then I became a Reading Specialist, and in 2011, I came to Westview as a Learning Specialist. I teach math, reading, writing and social skills throughout the day to students with special needs.
I am a lifelong learner and have taken many classes and earned various degrees which focus on offereing the best instrruction for your child. I have a master’s degree in Special Education and in Reading both from the University of Northern Colorado. I also have completed numerous reading classes to help better teach and support the sudents that I see. In reading, I completed an Intensive Reading Intervention Class (CLIP) that focuses on struggling readers. I also completed a class focusing on how to help students with dyslexia read using an Orton-Gillingham approach. I love teaching children the various components of literacy to help them become independent life-long learners. In writing, I have completed several classes focusing on how to help struggling writers be successful in the different components of writing. In math, I have been trained in AddVantage Math and the Number Worlds math curriculum. These classes have helped me understand the different components of math and how to teach math to struggling students.
I was a struggling student when I was in elementary school, so I have a deep understanding regarding students who struggle and what supports they need to be succesful in the future.
When I am away from school, I am busy with my 2 children. I also enjoy traveling and spending time with my family, extended family and friends. In the summer, I enjoy coaching the Lowry Dolphins swim team in Denver.