When working with students, I utilizes a strength-based approach, which considers each student’s unique learning profiles. Lessons are individually planned and built around the strengths, interests, talents, and experiences of learners. My methods are a unique blend of research-based practices, brain science, mental models, and shared learning goals. A key factor in a student‘s success is connecting to a positive teacher/mentor. This research is a part of the reason I founded LearningByConnecting.
Making a difference in the lives of students drives my work, and I am continually integrating research-based pedagogy into my practice.
I stay current in education research and best practices and this has led me to pursue specialized training using multi-sensory approaches to learning (Orton-Gillingham & Wilson Reading systems), as well as undergoing targeted training in executive functioning and behavior management.
My students continue to inspire and fuel her own learning. I am a Fulbright Scholar; Google Educator; Accessibility expert with UCLA Smarter Balanced Consortium; Education Conference Presenter, published researcher (peer-reviewed) (JAASEP/NASET) and I write on access and equity issues centered on students with diverse learning needs. I has two children, Conner and Callahan, and currently split my time between Southern California and South Carolina.
Active Membership and Involvement in Education:
Fulbright Scholar (US Department of State)
Distinguished Award in Teaching -Singapore 2019
National Education Association; CA Teachers Association
National Association of Special Education Teachers
California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)
Council of Exceptional Children
Teaching and Education Research Association (TERA)
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Editorial Review Board: National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET); Journal of the American Association of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP).
Member: American Association of Career Technical Educators
Laubaugh Literacy Volunteer
Small Business owner- Education Therapy