I am very excited to be returning to the Rosa Lee Carter family as a Special Education Teacher in kindergarten and 3rd grade team. I earned my BS Degree in Psychology from Towson State University and a Masters Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from George Mason University. While raising my three beautiful children (Tyler-26, Nicole-24 and Jacquelyn-21), I was a substitute teacher for over 8 years. After falling in love with the special needs population, I decided to return to school. I earned my Masters Degree in Special Education from Shenandoah University and worked at Belmont Station Elementary School for 3 years, teaching kindergargten, first and second grade. I also earned my certification in Specialized Reading Instruction for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities from George Mason University. During the 2017-2018 school year I was a Specialized Reading Instructional Facilitator and RLC was my primary school. During the 2018-2019 school year I co-taught 3rd grade with Ms. Narkevic and Ms. Dalton. I look forward to teaching with Ms. Narkevic again this year in third grade and Ms. Wilkinsin in kindergarten.
I believe that in order to create an effective environment for learning it must include respect, understanding, intellectual stimulation and inspiration. I want to be a positive role model for my students by respecting their differences and challenging them to do their best. I will strive to find balance in the classroom to provide consistent discipline that is fair and just. In addition, I believe that character education and service learning are instrumental in teaching students the importance of ethical behavior to promote understanding and empathy for others. Finally, students should be challenged to perform to the best of their abilities. Assessments should be a part of the daily routine to identify students’ strengths and weakness in order to plan and implement appropriate strategies and techniques that stimulate intellectual growth for all students.