My first post!

Hi! I’m a 9-12th grade special education teacher in Arkansas. I teach resource English 5 periods a day and this year I’m starting to teach a transitions class that teaches important skills our students will need as they graduate and transition into their postsecondary lives. I’m starting this blog as a place to reflect on my teaching and what happens in my classroom.

This upcoming school year will be my sixth year teaching. I taught self containing, low-functioning special education for 4 years. This past school year, I moved schools and moved into higher functioning special education, teaching resource English 6 periods a day. I love my new school and what I’m doing. I have done a lot of reflecting over the past year and what did and didn’t work with my students. I’m excited to try out a lot of new strategies in my English classroom, based on a lot of research I’ve been doing–thanks to the teachings of Donalyn Miller and Penny Kittle. I’m excited to see the changes in my students this year.

A little about me personally: I’m happily married, I have two sweet babies (1 and 3 years old), I’m Christian and love my church and small group, and I’m passionate about reading and traveling.