Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I have been teaching students with learning differences for over 20 years. My experience comes from many different learning environments including private school, on-line school, schools specifically designed for students with learning and behavioral problems, and public schools. It took me a while to finally find my niche but I couldn't be happier than at Hudson City Schools. I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Kent State University and my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Special Education from Cleveland State University. However, I continue taking graduate courses specific to my students' learning and academic needs.
It is my goal to enter this year with a positive attitude, to be sure my students feel comfortable in their learning spaces at Hudson High School. It is important that we continue to be flexible, be understanding, and be patient as this year may be met with unexpected interruptions to our schedule as we continue to journey through the unknown. There are going to be mishaps but we can get through them together. We are going to have a great year together no matter what.
When students enter my classroom, they can expect to be treated with respect and fairness. Something I learned early in my career was to teach my students as though a parent or an administrator was sitting at one of my desks. I treat my students how I would want my own children to be treated in a classroom. I have high expectations for my students to participate in class discussions, complete homework, and to push themselves to succeed. Students are encouraged to seek help during their Study Strategies Period or Explorer Period when they are unsure of a topic. Students should come to all classes prepared with necessary materials to succeed in the classroom: text, iPad, graph paper, calculator, pencils, and an attitude to learn.
I am looking forward to a great 2021 - 2022 school year.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have been married to my husband Mike for 24 years. We have two children - Jackson, a 2018 Hudson High School graduate who will be a senior at Kent State University in the fall, and Nina, a senior at Hudson High School. We also have a West Highland Terrier named Gunner who is 12 years old.
As always, I am looking forward to learning new things with your student every day. As an Intervention Specialist, I find myself working very closely with my students' families. Having a working relationship and open communication with parents is something I strive for. You are a big part of your child's educational team. Your input is extremely valuable to me. Please feel free to contact me with your concerns and questions.
Intervention Specialist/Hudson High School