I have had a rich and diverse background as a special educator, including roles as administrator, consultant, facilitator, diagnostician, teacher, mentor and advocate for children, families, educational staff and administrators. My experience has encompassed work with students with emotional and behavioral challenges, developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning Disabilities. I have worked closely with special education staff, general education teachers and building and district administrators to design effective and integrative programs to support student learning.
My interest in a role as advocate and behavior consultant evolves from my commitment to supporting students with learning challenges through effective educational opportunities and supporting the programs designed to address these students from a creative and empowering position with dignity and equity.
Over the past thirty years, my professional experiences have invited me to interface with many challenging scenarios in the attempt to insure positive learning opportunities for both students and staff. In my position as a Special Education Facilitator in the Beaverton School District,as well as Autism Consultant with Columbia Regional Programs, I addressed legal requirements, compliance issues and best practice in special education as well as providing technical assistance to general and special educators working with differentiated curriculum and positive behavioral supports for students in kindergarten through transition age.
I believe that my skill base can serve a wide range of learner profiles. My training in Restorative Justice in the schools as well as community based mediation training and work provides me with a deep foundation in dealing with the complexities of school life and the interactions among all members of the school community.