About Me

Welcome to my blog! I am a fourth year special education teacher, fiance, daughter, friend, lover of Jesus, and big sister. I just completed my Masters of Arts in Special Education and am going back to school to obtain my Early Childhood Special Education Certificate. I taught an intermediate mod/severe special education class for the past three years. This year, I am venturing into the world of ECSE! I am so excited! 

I often tell people that the "disability community" is my reality. What some people have to learn to understand and accept is what I have known my whole life. I feel like I have been in the "field" for over 23 years. How is that possible when you are so young?! When I was almost three years old my brother, Ryan, was born. Shortly after his arrival, my parents received the news that Ryan has Down Syndrome. While my parents, grandparents, and the other adults around me spent time in shock, trying to figure out what having a child with a disability in the family would be like, I was simply super excited that my baby brother had finally arrived. In my two-year-old eyes my brother was perfect in every way possible. He was just the right size to hold and kiss and play house with.  At that time, I had no idea that he was any different from any of the other babies that were born in the hospital that day, but I quickly caught on. By the time I was four, I was able to give anyone around me a brief informational description of what Down Syndrome is. I would explain to my friends that my brother is just like the rest of us only he learns things slower than most kids his age. My parents started attending a support group for parents and siblings of children with Down Syndrome right after my brother was born. Being around individuals, especially children, with disabilities and their families was something that was and, obviously, still is normal part of my life. As my brother got older he started participating in more activities for individuals with disabilities. He played basketball, soccer, and t-ball. He rode horses and learned how to swim. During all of those activities, there I was, being the supportive older sister, helping him when he needed help, and cheering him on. Our relationship did not just go one way. He was also there cheering me on. He was always my biggest fan at my clarinet concerts, softball games, and swim meets. My brother is not a Down Syndrome kid. He is Ryan, a young adult who loves playing sports, eating good food, and singing songs. He has taught me about loving others unconditionally. 

The more I work with children and adults with disabilities, the more I am assured that I want to dedicate the rest of my life to educating and caring for them. I understand the impact that a caring and knowledgeable teacher can have on the entire family. I made this blog to share my ramblings, realizations, and ideas about teaching students with moderate to severe disabilities. I'm excited to share my delightful adventures with all of you! 

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