My whole life it seems I have been drawn to all facets of child development, education, and especially the Special Needs field and Child/Parent Advocacy. Starting with babysitting from a young age, I then entered my Early Childhood Education journey and was an Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Teacher for 10 years before I started working on my Moderate/Severe Special Education Credential. During this time I started working for a company that introduced me to the ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) field and became a coach for students, parents, and teachers about how behaviors can be modified to give a student a head start in reaching their full potential. This became yet another part of the Special Education sector I wanted to develop for myself.
About 10 years ago I received my Moderate/Severe Special Educators Credential and worked on my emphasis in Autism. I started teaching and incorporated my background in ABA and Autism to help my students, which has given me so much joy. Almost 6 years ago my daughter, who is almost 9 now, was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes and this led me on my own journey as a parent through the educational system that I had only viewed as a teacher. I began to research more about what I can do to help a fractured system that my daughter and my students were falling through and help improve this. There is so much good that people in this field want to give students, and I am humbled to be amongst them.
I truly believe we can work together with this goal, giving support and resources to one another, and know someone has our back. My goal is that I can be of service to children and families within the Special Needs community and we can work together to create a wonderful future for our children.