I have disabilities, and I struggled and I suffered.
I have disabilities, and I persevered and I triumphed.
I teach my students that disabilities can be overcome.
I teach my students that they can be successful!
Every day, I mentor students that must overcome serious challenges. I share personal lessons with them that prove that they can persevere and be the best "buddy" any "buddy" can be.
They can do it because I did it.
Growing up with Tourette’s syndrome, I faced many challenges. I had poor grades and intensive behavioral issues but because of caring teachers and school staff, I was able to defy expectations and graduate high school.
As an adult, I sustained a brain injury and developed a significant stutter that made life exasperating; however, despite these additional challenges, I went on to earn two Master's degrees and became a successful special education teacher. I use my wit, personality and instructional skills to engage students of diversity. By building strong relationships with the students I work with, I maximize their learning experiences and show them that they can succeed in life.
I'd like to share my story about persevering over disabilities and how the power of positive teacher-student relationships can inspire professionals, families and students with disabilities.
WRITE YOUR OWN SUCCESS STORY
A positive relationship is powerful!
My book of poems is available now.
This collection chronicles the successes
and triumphs of me and my students
in overcoming serious challenges
such as disabilities, abuse,
and mental illness.
Always believe you can make a difference,
but never let your differences
keep you from what you believe.