|Subject / Grade||1st Grade|
|"If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay as he is, but if you treat him as if he were what he could and might be, he will become what he ought to be."|
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Hello! Please allow me to introduce myself. I was raised in a teaching family in my native state of Washington. In 1987 I graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. I was a professional flutist for several years while I began raising a family. Since that time, I have mothered four permanent and sixteen foster children. I added two adult children in 2010 when I remarried.
My Education and Professional Background
Throughout the years I spent countless hours in schools as a volunteer, aide, and substitute teacher before I became a teacher in 2009. I worked with the emotionally disabled children for several years at Patterson before becoming a 1st-grade CTA teacher here. I have extensive experience with children who have special needs. My children have experienced physical disabilities (arthritis, dwarfism, heart problems), learning disabilities (brain injury), visual impairment (cortical blindness), I am comfortable with medical issues because of years of living in and out of hospitals. I also have experience with accellerated learners, thanks to son number two, who now works in the US Army Intelligence Division as a Ranger.
My Educational Philosophy
I regard each child as an individual with different interests and abilities. My favorite thing to do is to figure out what makes a child tick and then see how far they can go with help.
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