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Hello! I was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, but I was born in Irvine, California. I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree at Northern Kentucky University in 2013 in Elementary (K-5) and Special Education (K-12). I received my Master's Degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2016 in Applied Behavior Analysis.

This is my 10th year of teaching in the Special Education field. I've worked in a variety of positions throughout my teaching career, such as working in a self contained classroom for students with Autism, Inclusion and Resource for grades K-5, Alternative School for grades K-8, and CDC for grades K-5!

I have two boys, and I am proud to be apart of #theluckyfew club. I enjoy being able to spend time with my family as much as possible. I'm looking forward to helping my students at Oakland become the best versions of themselves, academically and personally!
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Oakland uses a positive behavior matrix that promotes student awareness in expected behaviors.  This matrix can be seen in every room, throughout the building, is described in our school handbook located in the front of each student's provided OWL planner, and builds off our character trait acronym (WISDOM) banners handing from our foyer ceiling.  Each desired trait is broken down to identify school related desired behaviors to create student understanding and awareness of expectations.  These indicators are also linked to Class Dojo, which is used not only by teachers but throughout the entire building by special area teachers, special service providers, support staff, and administrators to provide consistency for our students and with parent communication.  The six overarching categories/character traits that student friendly indicators are broken down for on the visual matrix that students are taught about and expected to strive for are:

  • Work Ethic
  • Integrity
  • Self-discipline
  • Determination
  • Optimism
  • Motivation

Follow the link below to view the full "Dojo and Matrix Cheat Sheet".  This is designed to show the connection between the values on the matrix and the skills that are on Class Dojo.


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