When I was young, I was adamant that I would never be a teacher. Instead, I have been a horse trainer, secretary, sandwich artist, photo lab technician, insurance company bean counter, bank customer service rep, and social worker. Every one of these jobs has given me some essential skill or quality of character that would prove valuable to me when I would later backtrack on my earlier pronouncements. In my mid-30’s, after having my own children, becoming widowed, later getting remarried, and all the concomitant life changes that went along with these events, I had an epiphany and decided that I wanted to be a teacher after all.
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice (both from UMA, 2005), my teacher prep certificate through Husson University (2009), and some graduate work through the University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, and Liberty University. I will finish requirements for my Master of Education in Curriculum in Teaching (specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders) degree from Arizona State University in May of 2014. I plan to continue on for a terminal degree next fall, after all, as a teacher I should model an undying enthusiasm as a lifelong learner myself.
I currently work as a Special Education teacher at Bucksport High School where I primarily support students with emotional and behavioral challenges. There are days when I am overwhelmed but most days I thank God that I have this opportunity to touch and be touched by such amazing kids who teach me more than I could ever teach them!