I work with identified students as an instructional support teacher. I help students fill in the gaps of their learning, provide additional instruction, and modify their curriculum to help them learn in a way that best suits them.
How did you first learn about or get connected to your current position/opportunity?
I attended a job fair for the Greater Area of Philadelphia and met the principal of my school. We were able to talk individually for a while and she asked me to come in for an interview.
How did your SJU education impact your position or professional goals?
SJU helped me create an incredible resume for someone coming right out of their undergraduate program and into their masters. The Kinney Center provided me with the unique opportunity to get my Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst certification hours. This impressed many schools I interviewed with. My masters program gave me the opportunity to be certified in Wilson Reading Systems, which is specially designed for students with learning differences. Both programs have helped form me into a well- educated and well-qualified special educator.
Did you participate in any experiential learning activities (internship, co-op, study abroad, etc.) while at SJU?
I completed my practicum hours at the Kinney Center on campus. This allowed me to get my required hours and observations to become a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). This has been tremendously helpful as a special educator who works with individuals with unique learning and behavioral needs daily.