About Me

Lisa and her cat

Teaching Background:

  • I started teaching in 1989, so over the years I have implemented many models of special ed services, such as:
    • Pull out and push in/full inclusion/co-teaching/resource in general ed classes for kids working on grade level goals and state standards.
    • Self-contained class with students in multiple grades working at their own level.
    • I currently am an itinerant special ed teacher traveling to multiple school districts to work with students (ages birth to 21) with orthopedic impairments in general ed and special ed settings.
  • My degrees include an M.A. in Special Education and a B.A. in Liberal Studies.
  • I was honored to be “Teacher of the Year” at my school and a finalist for the district in 2014 (elementary special ed) and 1994 (high school special ed).
  • I have also enjoyed being a master teacher to student teachers, as well as a mentor for colleagues as they earn additional credentials or begin teaching special ed. This teacher blog and my Help for Special Educators Podcast are an extension of my passion to help other special educators.
  • I taught general ed in third grade for three years.

Special Ed Teaching Credentials/Certificates:

  • Mild/Moderate Disabilities (Preschool-12) 
  • Orthopedic Impairment Authorization (Birth-21) 
  • Autism Authorization
  • Resource Specialist Certificate 
  • Currently working on Assistive Technology certificate

General Ed Teaching Credentials/Certificates:

  • Multiple Subjects (K-6)
  • CLAD (Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development)