I became a teacher because my own education wasn't a very engaging one. There were many times when I could envision a better way of learning during my own time in school. I became committed to making those visions a reality for students. I am continually working to make this a reality for all students through my own teaching and my work with new and veteran teachers alike. I am currently a certified special educator in an inclusive rural high school. I have been teaching for 18 years. I started teaching in private school environments for students with both learning disabilities and students with behavioral issues. I have been teaching in the public school system for the last 12 years. I have taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in a variety of topics including co-teaching, differentiated instruction, teaching methods and exceptional populations. I consider my expertise to be in the areas of curriculum, instruction and classroom management. In addition to my teaching experience, I am a trained new teacher mentor. I received my B.A. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, my M.Ed. from Saint Michael's College in Vermont and most recently, my Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) from Southern New Hampshire University.