I have taught in K-8 special education classrooms in the Central Valley for seven years. As a Special Education teacher, I desire for every school campus to support inclusion and celebrate diversity. I believe in order to do so, educators must have the right tools and strategies to meet the needs of all their students. As a part of my master’s thesis, I developed a professional development training which included defining trauma, the ACE Study, the brain’s response to trauma, effects of trauma, neuroplasticity and healing from trauma, trauma-informed schools, vicarious trauma, etc. In my course, I share trauma-sensitive strategies so that educators are better empowered to support students who have experienced trauma.
Professional Experience: Four years as a Resource Specialist Teacher and three years as a Special Day Class Teacher at the elementary and middle school levels
Personal Experience: Researched related to trauma-sensitive academic strategies and the ACE Study. Conducted professional development for educators regarding supports for students who have experienced trauma. A member of the MTSS and SST leadership team in Selma Unified.
Scholarly Interests: Special Education, Trauma-Informed Schools
Recommended Reading: The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 5:3-4 ~ "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Favorite Music: My favorite types of music include easy listening, jazz, and oldies. I especially love live music.
Favorite Activities: Hiking, traveling, reading, spending time with family
Family Info: I have a wonderful husband and baby on the way
What Matters: Maintaining my relationship with Jesus, my family, and serving my community
Pet Peeves: None
What I Like About FPU: Inclusive and welcoming campus