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I began working with children under 5 years old in 2010

Experience intertwines  Early Childhood Development & Special Education

I have also been drawn to specific concentration areas

Those areas include;

  • Special Education Law, Advocacy & Inclusive Education

  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) Consultation & coaching for caregivers & Educators

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHDBehavioral Disorders

specific Degree concentrations in:

  • Early Childhood DevelopmentApplied Behavior Analysis, & data collection

Which fuel each students:

  •  intervention selection & accommodation implementation

I am excited to share my passion for ABA with other professionals, AND continue to disseminate ABA  principles & strategies FOR USE WITHI N THE CLASSROOM as I grow within my own practice.

My Work Experiences

Early Childhood Educator & Fitness Instructor

2010:

  • started my journey working as a soccer skills coach for a program  Lil' Kickers and a fitness instructor at a children's gym called My Gym.

  • My specialty groups were children under 3.

2011

  • started working in Private Preschool settings as a lead teacher 

  • While working on my Early Child degrees, I also completing field work an observations in public school special education programs, and clinic settings.

Early Childhood Special Educator

2015

  • earned Early Childhood Special Educator (ECSE) credential

  • began teaching within the Colorado Public School system

  • First Grade Teacher

2016 - 2018​

  • ECSE Case Manager & Lead ECE Educator in an inclusive classroom

2018 - 2021

  • lead Educator for the Head Start CLASSROOM 

  • Early Childhood team specialist

2021 - Current

  • ECSE case manager & lead ECE educator in an inclusive classroom

  • Informal Mentor to new ECSEs within my district

Behavior THERAPIST: STUDENT INTERN

 2011 - 2013:

  • FIELD WORK IN SELF-CONTIANED CLASSROOMS

  • 100S OF hours observing & training at a local SCHOOL for students with Autism, DEVELOPMENTAL & BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS

  • IMPLEMENTING INTERVENTION PROGRAMS

  • PROVIDING 1-1 SUPPORT FOR A VARIETY OF STUDENTS

2018 - 2020:​

  • BEGAN OBSERVING & VOLUNTEERING AT A LOCAL CLINIC FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN DENVER

  • BEGAN COURSE WORK & SUPERVISION FOR BCBA CERTIFICATION

Registered Behavior Technician

2020:

  • REGISTERED BEHAVIOR TECHNICIAN COURSE WORK & CERTIFICATION

  • PROFESSIONAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION

2020 - 2021:​

  • PROVIDE  IN HOME ABA SERVICES

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

2021

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification 

2021 - Current

  • Invited speaker on panel for medically necessary aba services within the school day at 2022 COABA Conference

  • CEU Creator for Study notes ABA

  • As needed BCBA Consult for ECE Department regarding medical necessity

My Educational Journey

2021 - 2021

University of Colorado - Non-degree seeking

Focus: Biological Basis of Behavior

2018 - 2020

Arizona State University -  MASTER’s Degree

Focus: Special Education.

Concentration: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Licensures: Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

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2013 - 2015

University of Saint Joseph -  Master’s Degree

Focus: Early Childhood Special Education

Concentration: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Licensures: Early Childhood Special Educator (ECSE)

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2011 - 2013

University of Saint Joseph -  Bachelor’s Degree

Focus: Child Psychology

Concentration: Children with ADD/ADHD and ASD

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Accolades, Certifications & Expertise

Accolades​

  • 2022 - Current: Elected Member of the department leadership team

  • 2020-2021: Denver Bronco’s Most Valuable Teacher Nominee

  • 2020-2021: Teacher Leader Institute Fellow

  • 2020: Colorado Education Association Education Summer Intern

  • 2019: National Geographic Certified Educator

  • 2016: Golden Apple Award Nominee

Certifications

  • Colorado State Teaching License

  • Early Childhood Special Education ages 0 to 8 years

  • Colorado Department of Education Endorsement for Science of Reading

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

  • Professional Crisis Management

  • Early Childhood Large Center Director Certification

  • Colorado Shines Early Childhood Professional Level: V

  • National Geographic Certified Teacher

  • Foundations of Reading certified (2015)

Expertise

Dedicated Educator:

  • over 10 years experience in Early Childhood Special Education

  • Expertise in delivering individualized supports

  • providing access to academic & social experiences for all students within the public education system

Key Strengths:

  • In depth knowledge of Early Childhood Developmental patterns & Best practices

  • Knowledge of & experience with implementation of  Behavior Analytic principles & strategies, within a naturalisic, play based environemtn

  • Devotion to continuing personal education & remaining up to date on current best practices, research-based strategies & curricula

  • Developing strengths based Individual Education Programs

  • Organized Data collection methods

  • Student focused colaaboration with Special Services Providers & families

Classroom Management:

  • Relationship based

  • positive classroom culture

  • focus on community building, emotional regulation & self advocacy

  • Allowing students interests to drive instruction

  • Create a naturally reinforcing environment that promotes learning & exploration

 

Educational Leadership:

  • Actively engaged in opportunities to grow as a leader

  • Chair of the ECE Committee

  • Member of the DCTA Bargaining team

  • Engagement in Camp Bargain

  • Engagement in ​CEA Summer Leadership conference 

  • Previous Denver Classroom Teacher Association (DCTA) Board Director

  • Member of the Early Childhood collaborative committee regarding the safe return to school post-covid

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