I am a Christian, a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a teacher and a friend. All of these roles add incredible richness to my life. Existence on this Earth is an adventure to embrace! Joy is not something that "happens" to a person. You must choose joy every day, and the best way to have joy is to give it to others.
Life is always interesting when you're married to the military! My
husband is an Army Chaplain, and with all its ups and downs, I wouldn't
trade it for the world. Now, with my oldest son being selected for the
Army Band, I am also a Military Mom. Join me for the ride!
I teach children with Autism. I find it a great privilege and joy to be
part of their world, and to celebrate every gain made. The world of
Autism is challenging, mysterious, beautiful, and heartbreaking -- and
sometimes all this at once! I feel strongly we need to find a balance
between helping those with Autism learn to function well in society,
while respecting their differences and preferences.
The cornerstone of
my teaching is Applied Behavior Analysis, a science with decades of
research supporting it. I have seen behavioral methods work time and time again in my own classroom. I also align with Skinner's "Radical Behaviorism," in which inner events (thoughts, emotions, etc.) are recognized to exist, although we can not directly observe them. We can only know about these private events when we are enlightened by the person experiencing them, if they are able to tell us. Many people with Autism are able to tell us, and we need to listen! For those who cannot, the first and most important thing to teach is communication by any means possible. When I connect with one of my students, when even the "smallest" gain is made, it is a spark of precious magic!