Special Education Teacher
Prince William County Public Schools
Educational Leadership Experience
I have served on school and county committees related advancing educational experiences for students with diverse learning needs. Most recently, I developed and currently serve as the chair for my school’s I’M Determined Committee. With this committee, I work alongside its members by connecting with key stakeholders while providing self-determination opportunities for students with disabilities. I also serve as an presenter for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia. A few years ago, I actively participated in the Virginia Department of Education Applied Studies Diploma pilot project. As a participant, I provided valuable information to VDOE in developing the Applied Studies Curriculum, curriculum resources and professional development. I have also served as an Advisory Board Member for the State of the Art Conference for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. In this capacity, I reviewed proposals and made recommendations for conference presenters.
Vision for VSTE
VSTE plays a key role in helping educators effectively infuse technology into their lessons. It is important for our students to be challenged, but students should also be engaged and invested in their education. I also believe it is important for educators to provide opportunities for students to engage in 21st century learning. I would like to see VSTE provide professional development opportunities for teachers (across the state) to learn more about innovative ways to integrate technology into the classroom. It is one thing to give a student an iPad. However, that iPad can mean so much more when a student is taught how to make real-world connections to the lessons in ways that makes sense to them. I believe technology is an avenue that can and should be used to make learning relevant and I believe VSTE provides that avenue.
I have a Master’s degree in Special education, an Educational Specialist degree in K-12 School Leadership and I am currently working on my doctorate (expected date of graduation, 2019). My research focuses on school to work transition opportunities for marginalized groups (those with disabilities and minorities) and their families. I enjoy spending time with my family, Marvel movies and reruns of Frasier and Star Trek. I am also a huge fan of Star Wars.