Special Education Teacher
The ABLE (Achievement through Basic Life Experiences) program is designed to assist students in acquiring skills necessary to take a more independent and active role in completing daily living tasks and prepare them for transition from the school system into supported post-secondary adult life.
Young adults in the program will participate in intensive life skills instruction in real life settings. On campus lessons are facilitated in an apartment like setting where the students are provided with hands-on activities designed to promote skill development and increased independence.
Classroom lessons are also presented to provide focused task analysis instruction covering a variety of adult life skills concepts.
In addition, community based instruction is provided through regular community outings. During these outings the young adults gain experience in accessing and utilizing various community sites while practicing concepts learned in class.
This is my 17th year teaching in the district. I graduated from ASU with a Bachelors in Special Education, and later obtained my Masters in Early Childhood Education from NAU. I student taught here at Highland, and then spent the next 13 years teaching functional SCILLS self-contained classroom at Mesquite High. I was also the Best Buddies club sponsor for 8 years at Mesquite. During my time there, I developed a passion for the area of transition and was so excited to have the opportunity to become part of the transition team at Highland. This is now my 4th year working in the ABLE program. I love working with our transition students from across the district and building relationships with community partners.
I am married with two elementary age daughters. My husband and I are both teachers, and we enjoy spending our breaks together as a family exploring nature through hiking, kayaking, biking, visiting new spots in AZ, and taking camping/cabin trips up north.
I love working with working with young adults with special needs and feel truly blessed to be working in such a unique transition program in our district.