Erin believes that every child can be successful when given the right tools and support.
She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher. Her experiences helping her brother with Williams Syndrome have given her a well-rounded perspective with regards to enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities. Watching him struggle throughout his school career solidified her decision to become an educator.
Erin graduated from Elmhurst College in Illinois with her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. While earning her degree, she worked as a 1:1 aide in a private special education high school. Upon graduation, Erin became the Life Skills Teacher at that same school. From there, she went on to teach pre-k and then elementary-aged children as a self-contained classroom teacher and at the resource level.
Recently, Erin and her family relocated to Florida. In their spare time, they enjoy swimming in their pool, going to the beach, and exploring their new state. Her eight-year-old son is attending virtual school, and he loves it! Erin is looking forward to tutoring online and helping her students learn and grow in a way that focuses on their strengths and interests.
Rebecca believes that all students are capable of success, but the path for each student is different.
Special Education Resource allows students to discover their potential and how they learn best through individualized instruction.
Growing up in a family of teachers, Rebecca knew early in life she wanted to work with special needs students. She has a bachelors in psychology with an emphasis in child and adolescent development and a masters in teaching special education. She is currently pursuing a second masters as a literacy specialist. She loves finding ways to incorporate student’s interests in reading and math content. She feels that engagement in content impacts retention. Because of this, Rebecca prides herself on getting to know her students on a personal level; creating lasting connections with each one.
Rebecca’s teaching philosophy is that each student is unique and our approach to teaching should be tailored to their individual learning needs. Great teachers can help break the barriers that prevent a student from learning. When this happens, students become confident in their education and are excited to learn!
The quote from Walt Disney, "if you can dream it, you can do it" keeps Rebecca continually aspiring to do more. Her love of teaching extends to her spare time where she teaches gymnastics at her local parks and recreation. She also enjoys being outdoors and working in her garden.
Whitney Miles-Small is described as a caring, charismatic educator who has dedicated her professional career to increasing academic confidence and achievement in children. She holds an advanced professional certificate in special education grades 1-8 and general elementary education 1-5. She has worked in the field of education for 14 years teaching students in a variety of educational settings and disabilities. The last seven years she mentored and trained special education teachers at the elementary and middle school level.
She firmly believes that all children can succeed when taught in a way that meets their learning styles and engages them.
The impact educators have on others can be contagious. It wasn’t until I worked under an amazing teacher as a paraprofessional that I found my passion for working with students with very unique needs. Through my experience in working with students with disabilities, I have grown to love being on my student's team to break down obstacles and challenges they face with learning. The ability to make learning fun and engaging through creative ways for each individuals’ needs gives me a great sense of fulfillment.
I graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education in 2019. While working on my B.S. degree, I was able to teach full time under a special license, which allowed me to immediately apply what I was learning to my classroom and students. I plan to obtain my Master’s degree in Special Education-Developmental Disabilities in May of 2021. For the past six years, I have worked with students with a variety of disabilities, mostly with severe developmental disabilities, to reach their full potential in academic and life skills goals.
As a teacher, I find it essential to be my students' biggest advocate and cheerleader to help them learn and grow--not only academically but physically and mentally as well. The feeling of wanting to do more to work with students who need extra help has to lead me to the opportunity to provide support services in an online format through tutoring.
Prior to her career in education, Colleen was a lawyer for the NYC Police Department. She felt the law was not truly her passion and, after moving to North Carolina, she decided to pursue a career in education. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and an Advanced Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Colleen has taught Special Education kindergarten through 12th grade and various exceptionalities. The diversity of her students has helped Colleen develop as a teacher who differentiates instruction based on the needs of her students. Her favorite aspect of teaching is discovering teaching strategies that assist students in learning.
Colleen strives to encourage lifelong learning in all her students. This is accomplished through a variety of instructional strategies including: considering the learning styles of her students, using technology for instruction and actively engaging her students. She teaches her students responsibility, critical and creative thinking, problem solving and communication skills. She engages in reflective practice and encourages open communication with parents. It is Colleen’s
belief that every child can learn and we must communicate high expectations for all of our students.
Colleen enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two daughters. She loves animals and has a small “petting zoo”, including beagles, cats, a guinea pig, a rabbit, turtles, goats, ducks and chickens. She likes to spend her weekends participating in dog shows with her beagles. Colleen doesn’t look at teaching as a job, but as an experience to help all students reach their maximum potential.
Michelle Gregg is described as a compassionate educator who believes that all students are capable of learning. She is passionate about trying all avenues to help students learn and reach their full potential. She believes in building relationships and encouraging students to keep trying even when learning is difficult. Michelle's analytic, strategic and "lifelong learning" approach in all areas of her life is something she uses every day to help students feel successful in their learning.
Michelle's desire to never stop learning has led to her earning a Bachelor's of Education in Biology (and quickly realized special education is where her heart resided,) so she went on to earn a Master's Degree in Education in Secondary Administration, an Educational Specialist Degree in Elementary Mathematics, and finally an Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Michelle is going to be published very soon and she is constantly learning new ways to encourage students to continue their learning in the classroom. She believes this approach has greatly impacted the students she's worked with who are particularly apathetic to the learning process.
Michelle taught for 13 years before accepting her current role as process coordinator where she works with educators regarding compliance of special education. Michelle looks forward to continuing to build strong relationships through tutoring individual students in this one on one setting that Special Education Resource provides.
Lauren Brunner is a hard-working, dedicated, and passionate educator who believes the most important role is making a positive impact in a child’s life. It is very important to develop a strong relationship with both the student and their family to help them be successful and confident.
Lauren graduated from National Louis University in Wheeling, IL, with her master’s degree in Special Education. Lauren currently works with elementary-aged students at a virtual academy in Wisconsin. Lauren has worked with a variety of disabilities and knows how to support students through a virtual setting. She enjoys using a variety of technology to help students learn while staying engaged in the lesson. Lauren found her passion for teaching when she worked as a Special Education teacher assistant helping her students learn basic skills they would use in their everyday lives. She has always enjoyed helping children with their different needs while building relationships to earn their trust and dedication.
In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time outdoors, biking and hiking in Wisconsin, spending time with family and friends, and going to various sporting events. She is a huge Notre Dame and Chicago Bears Fan! Lauren is excited to join the Special Education Resource family and continue building confidence in every student.
“The adventure of life is to learn. The goal of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change.” -William Arthur Ward
Jayme Riley believes that developing strong relationships are essential in understanding each individual students’ talents and interests in order to differentiate their learning so as to magnify their achievement.
Jayme developed her passion as an educator in high school, volunteering in special education classrooms. After graduating early, she moved from her hometown in California to pursue an education degree in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the next eight years, Jayme would spend her time working in a variety of educational settings and developing a profound passion working as an educator and changing the lives of each student she came across. Jayme graduated from Nevada State College with a BA in elementary and special education which allowed her to pursue her dream of becoming an autism teacher.
After some time as an autism teacher, Jayme realized that her passion resided in teaching in unconventional ways, so she sought other opportunities where she could engage with, and teach students outside of the classroom. While moving to Arizona, Jayme discovered Special Education Resource and realized that this was the job that she was meant for.
In her spare time Jayme loves to travel the world and spend time with her husband and dog. When she isn’t traveling, Jayme loves to read, cook, and watch Disney and Harry Potter movies.
Taylor Fulcher is described as a kind, compassionate, and loving educator. She is passionate about reaching her students in any way possible. Taylor believes that all students are capable of learning and making growth. She can be described as “an out of the box thinker, flexible, and someone who truly cares about her students”. She believes what George Evans has to say about students “Every student can learn, but not in the same day or same way.” She is a huge reader and enjoys children book authors such as Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, Drew Daywalt, and Dr. Seuss.
She has an Undergraduate Degree in Early Childhood and Development from Liberty University with a minor in Psychology and a Masters in Special Education K-12 General Curriculum. Although she has only been an educator for a few years, she has many different experiences working with children who have Special Needs. She has been a huge supporter and active participant with The Special Olympics. She is currently the Lead SPED Teacher at her elementary school, an active member on the Virginia Tiered Support System, and she is also on the Assistive Technology Team for her School System.
Through engagement, a strong relationship, and fun skill based lessons, Students can be successful and enjoy learning new things.
Michelle earned a Masterʼs degree in Inclusive Education at Binghamton University in New York State. In 2009, she began working as a special education teacher at The Institute for Child Development, specializing in providing ABA therapy for students, ages 6 thru 11, with ASD. During her years of teaching, Michelle has demonstrated a commitment to the families she serves, an instinct for perceiving and appreciating the unique qualities and characteristics of her students, and above all, a belief that every child is equally entitled to a quality education.
Michelleʼs enthusiasm and love for learning are infectious! Michelle takes pride in developing engaging and entertaining ways to meet her studentsʼ individual needs; every endeavor is met with the same enthusiasm and every student is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Michelle is a willing collaborator. Some of her best ideas have been born through a combination of team meetings, talking with parents, consultations with specialists and good old fashioned google searches! A quote that she lives by daily is, “Leave your ego at the door.”
Michelle has embraced the opportunity to reach her students in a new way. Becoming an online tutor has opened up new doors for her continued growth as an educator. She is grateful for every planned and incidental teachable moment in her life, especially those that have originated from the smallest souls with the biggest hearts.
Allison has a passion for giving each student the tools they need to be successful and acknowledging that success looks different for each person.
For Allison, the most critical components of education are to increase independence, communication, and collaboration for all stakeholders for each student. Allison desires a team-minded approach for collaboration and communication.
Allison’s love of special education started in high school through volunteer experiences and has been unwavering. She graduated with a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education in 2013. She went on to earn a Master’s in Low Incidence Special Education in 2018 from Wichita State University. Through teaching, Allison has taught students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.
Samantha Williams, better known as Sam, began her “superhero” journey to help all children once she graduated from Brewton-Parker College in Georgia with a degree in Psychology. As a Child and Adolescent Counselor, she enjoyed the interaction with children but after some time wanted to do more and teaching was her calling.
So back to school she went to pursue a degree in Education. Sam received a degree in Interrelated Special Education, entered the classroom in 2000, and has never looked back. She is certified to teach in all subject areas and through the years has taught 6th grade through 12th along with Adult Education. She currently teaches in the Middle School setting as an inclusion/co-teacher in math and science classes. She has taught all subjects but thinks…. let’s change that to KNOWS math is the greatest!
Sam’s teaching style is driven by two statements:
1. Before a child will care to learn, we should learn to care.
2. If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.
Along with teaching experience, Sam also brings 26 years of parenting to the table. Raising four children (two are adults now) and adding a grandson to the mix 4 years ago has helped with being able to interact with children. Sam is excited to become a part of the Special Education Resource team and looks forward to your child becoming a “superhero” as well!
Ryan is described as a nurturing and supportive teacher. Ryan believes that making connections with students and families is the key to learning. Ryan enjoys forming positive relationships with students as well as families and believes in getting to know the whole person.
Ryan has bachelor's degrees in History and Philosophy as well as Master’s degrees in the areas of specific learning disabilities and Emotional and behavioral disorders. Ryan also has an interest in technology as well as counseling. Ryan has years of experience working with students who had a difficult time attending school in a traditional setting. Ryan believes that each student's education should be individualized to meet their specific needs and that each student has a unique learning style.
In his years as a special education teacher, Ryan has helped many students graduate in alternative settings who might not have earned their diploma without individualized support.
Megan has earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She has been working with students with various learning and intellectual disabilities for over 6 years.
Megan’s educational philosophy is that every student learns differently and has personal goals that they want to accomplish. Her goal as an educator is to nurture those different learning styles so that students can be successful. Megan believes that positive relationships with students and their families are crucial to student success. She also has prior experience successfully teaching and tutoring online.
Megan enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their 2 dogs. In their spare time, they enjoy soaking up the Florida sunshine.
Madison Lund is an educator raised by educators. From a young age Madison found her passion in teaching Special Education. After graduating from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Madison went on to attain her master’s degree in Moderate Disabilities ages PreK-12th grade from Lesley University.
Her experience in the field has helped her to gain true understanding of what her professors had preached during her grad school days that is that when it comes to educating students fair is not equal, fair is every child gets what the need to succeed!
Madison taught her first four years in Boston, MA and is currently on her second year of teaching in the English Language Arts field at the Middle School level in Charlotte, NC. After Covid-19 impacted the lives of educators, students, and families Madison has truly fallen in love with the potential of remote learning and is excited to join the team at SpecialEducationResource to continue to make strong students even stronger!
JoAnn has been teaching Special Education for 20 years with the Los Lunas School District. She has both a Bachelors of Science in Special Education/General Education and a Masters of Arts in Special Education from the University of New Mexico.
Currently, JoAnn is the Community Enhance Learning Teacher, where she works with students at the severe and profound level of Special Education. She believes that her students need to be taught strategies in order to cope with their disabilities. These amazing children need to be taught how to use the resources around them so that they are able to achieve their goals and objectives as stated in their IEPs.
JoAnn tends to have high expectations for her students and feels that each student is able to learn in their own unique way. She hopes that the skills and strategies that these children are taught will assist them in their life’s journey!
If JoAnn finds any spare time, she greatly enjoys partaking in family dinners with her two sons and their wives. Even more exciting is that she is expecting her first grandchild in August! JoAnn is truly grateful that she is able to play such a big role in the education of such incredible children and the success that countless students have had as they make a positive contribution to society.
Dana has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Special Education, with an emphasis on Specific Learning Disabilities from Mankato State University, Minnesota. Dana has had the pleasure of teaching students with a wide range of disabilities in the public school setting for the last 30 years. In addition to her full-time teaching position, she has had the opportunity to work with students through various tutoring opportunities. She has tutored both small and large groups and 1:1 in-home and online tutoring.
Dana lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and has three grown children and four granddaughters. Dana enjoys golf, scuba diving, and boating on Minnesota's 10,000 lakes.
Dana's core belief is that in order to ensure that every child she has the opportunity to work with succeeds to the best of their abilities, she needs to continually learn herself and adapt to new teaching methods, styles and ideas. She strives to create a love of lifelong learning in every individual she teaches.
Dana's favorite quote perfectly sums up her philosophy on helping all of her students reach their fullest potential: "If you are not willing to LEARN, no one can help you. However, if you are DETERMINED to learn, no one can stop you!" Dana is looking forward to continuing to help as many students as possible in her role with Special Ed Resource.
Anna Rivera can be described as a compassionate and understanding teacher who is willing to go the extra mile to help her students. She enjoys helping children overcome challenges and be successful in learning. She tries to create a calm and caring environment where children feel safe taking risks. She pushes her students to grow and reach their goals.
Anna received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/Special Education and her Master's degree in English from the University of Memphis. She has been a Special Ed teacher since 2008 but has worked with children with special needs far longer than that. She has volunteered with the Special Olympics and was a personal assistant for a child with cerebral palsy before becoming a teacher. Anna has taught grades 5-12 in public education both as an Inclusion teacher and a Resource teacher. She has also worked as both a teacher and principal in a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Her teaching experiences have helped her realize that building rapport and having a genuine concern for students are two of the most important aspects of teaching.
Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She also loves reading, traveling, and watching movies. Anna feels like all of the time she has spent with children and teenagers has helped to keep her young. She is looking forward to continuing her education journey as a tutor.
April earned her bachelor’s degree in Multicategorical Special Education from Anderson University. Since then, she has been working with students with various learning, emotional and intellectual disabilities for over five years.
April believes that every student can succeed no matter the obstacles. She believes in forming positive relationships with students and helping them grow not only academically but socially and emotionally as well. She believes that learning should be fun and that students should enjoy their academic journey. Her goal as an educator is to help students grow their confidence in themselves and their abilities.
April enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, musicals, and anything Disney-related. She is extremely excited to have the opportunity to help other students and build connections with a variety of families.
Jamie Krukowski is a passionate, driven, and caring educator who believes all students learn differently. That is why Jamie strives to differentiate instruction, lessons, and activities so that all students have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and be successful.
Jamie graduated from Lebanon Valley College with her Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University. She has been a Special Education teacher for over ten years and has worked at all levels of schooling. Through her career, Jamie has learned many new skills and takes pride in finding new activities and ways for students to demonstrate their success. It is her goal to provide a positive learning experience for all her students and to find different strategies to help each student be successful.
Jamie is very excited to be part of the Special Ed Resource tutoring team. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, her dog, working in the garden, reading, and relaxing down the shore.
Michelle can be described as a goofy and energetic teacher. She likes to help her students really have fun learning. She enjoys building meaningful relationships with her students, learning what makes them unique and special. One of the most exciting parts of teaching is watching a student’s eyes light up with pride and confidence when they learn something new and accomplish their goals.
Michelle has a Bachelor’s in Child Development and Family Studies and a Master’s in Special Education. She taught students from age 3 to 22 in different moderate/severe special education classrooms for 6 years. Three years ago her and her husband decided to move from a small town in Northern California to Southeast Texas, where her husband grew up. This move provided Michelle with the opportunity to stay at home with her 3 children.
In her spare time Michelle enjoys sports, reading, baking, playing with her kids and spending time with her husband. Soon she hopes to have her own little farm complete with a garden, cows, pigs, chickens and maybe even a donkey.
I was born and raised on the beautiful, sunny and happy island of Aruba. It is one of the small islands known as the ABC Islands in the southern Caribbean, not far from Venezuela in South America. Aruba is only a whopping 21 miles long and approximately 6 miles wide with approximately 70 square miles. Because of the island’s diversity, I grew up surrounded by several languages. Dutch is the country’s official language. Papiamento is Aruba’s native language and an official language as well. Spanish is a given, as Venezuela is about a 15-minute airplane ride away. Spanish is also encouraged and obligatory as tourism is the island’s main industry.
My Associate degree is in Hospitality Management, which immersed me in several areas, including accounting and the culinary arts. Being exposed to such a grand variety of tastes, smells, sights, sounds and being taught by and working shoulder to shoulder with professional, high-end chefs was truly an experience I will always treasure.
I hold a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a Master’s level certification in Special Education EC-12. With well over 20 years of experience as an educator, I thoroughly enjoy working with students of all ages, all cultures, and all learning styles. I strongly believe every single person is beautifully unique and has a learning style just as unique.
I started my education journey as a teacher’s assistant. I loved supporting and teaching SPED students, which gave me the desire to become certified in this field. Being surrounded by just the right amount of encouragement, I feel, is vital for everyone. In this environment, anyone can thrive and flourish.
Growing up as a child, I have unforgettable times talking with our parents about life. We were taught to put God’s things first; then, along with learning and constructive feedback, we would see how everything just falls into place. Given the chance, I would be at the beach fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying good company.
My wife and I are full-time volunteers; helping others is our life. I know and believe there are many good things to come, not just to a small group of people but to our world.
Beth is a 15-year educator who teaches special education at a rural high school in Arkansas. She began her career in education in an alternative high school setting, and she realized quickly that working with students with special needs is her passion.
In 2005, Beth graduated from Arkansas State University with a Master's degree in Political Science and began to pursue her dream of teaching high school English. After working with several exceptional students in the general education classroom, she decided to continue her education by studying for a special education certification, which she received in 2017. She currently teaches Post-Secondary Transition, Physical Science, Geometry, and Life Skills Math at her alma mater, Rivercrest High School.
Beth lives within five miles of her hometown in Mississippi County, Arkansas. She is the aunt of two nephews and a niece whom she adores, and she is the "mom" to Buddy and Beau, two spoiled but adorable Yorkies. In her spare time, Beth enjoys reading novels and short stories. She also enjoys shopping and taking trips to Memphis, Tennessee with friends to enjoy new restaurants and theater experiences. Beth is excited to work with students one-on-one to help them succeed and grow.
Tracy Hurlburt believes the most important role as an educator is making a positive difference in a child’s life. Making a difference begins with providing students with the care and instruction they need to become a productive citizen and a well-adjusted educated person.
Tracy had been teaching in the classroom for over sixteen years. She retired from Seneca School District as a Special Education teacher in May of 2020. Since then, she has found she has missed being around children greatly. Therefore, she has become a tutor. She taught special education for all sixteen and half years at mostly the high school level, though she has taught 3rd and 4th grade, and 7th and 8th graders. As a special educator, she co-taught in the general education setting, tutored individual students, and worked in small-group settings in the resource room. She taught a few times in the general classroom also. She has taught reading, social studies, ELA, speech and drama, job skills, and life skills.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the Missouri Southern State University. She holds certifications in k-12 Special Education (mild to moderate), 9-12 Social Studies, 9-12 Speech and Debate, and k-6 Elementary Education. Tracy has served on Missouri State Teachers Association and professional learning committees. She has a true love for struggling students and wants to help them be successful.
Tracy lives in Southwest Missouri near Joplin. She has been married to her husband, Tom, for 48 years. They have two daughters - Joella (47) and Megan (41), six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. She enjoys horseback riding with her brother, sewing, swimming, traveling, organizing things, yard work, sitting and relaxing with her cat (Star) and her husband (Tom) on their patio swing, and spending time with her family.
Hunter believes that every disability comes with its own extra special abilities. She wants to help you find yours!!!
When Hunter was young, she loved to play teacher, but she never wanted to be one. It took two years in college to realize her true calling was teaching. She changed her major and the rest was history.
Hunter has a bachelor's degree in Special Education mild/moderate and moderate/severe for grades K-12. She attained this degree from Youngstown State University in December 2020. She also held a certification as a Registered Behavior Technician before receiving her teaching license. She has been teaching in a self-contained high school classroom since April 2021. Though she has only been teaching full-time for a little under a year, she has been tutoring students for many years. She is looking forward to working with you!
Hunter has two dogs, Nalah and Benson. They both work in her classroom with her students! They love helping. If you work super hard, they might just make an appearance!!!
When Hunter is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, traveling, and going on adventures. Hunter's favorite part of teaching is seeing student's have their 'AHA!' moment.
Christina Singh grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she began her teaching career in secondary education before moving to North Carolina. She holds both a teaching license and a master’s degree in special education, as well as a doctorate in educational leadership. She has worked in the education field for twenty years, teaching kindergarteners through adults. Christina moved to Colorado in the summer of 2021 where she teaches special education part time virtually. Happily married for the last nineteen years, she has two teenagers, a Spinone Italiano, and a British shorthair. Christina is passionate about health and wellness, and classic novels.
Kara believes that EVERY child is able to learn ANYTHING in their own special way when given the right amount of love and support.
She knew since she was a little girl that she wanted to become a special education teacher and help those with disabilities. Her experience in working in a self-contained classroom for students with emotional and behavioral challenges helped her to learn and grow into becoming a better educator with an even bigger teacher toolbox for teaching all students what they need and want to learn!
Kara graduated from Illinois State University with her Bachelor of Science in Education Degree in Special Education. She has a Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1) Degree, and she has worked as a special education teacher in a social-emotional learning self-contained classroom for the past six years. In this role. Kara was expected to provide academic and behavior instruction to students in grades K-5 and provide a safe and fun learning environment for all students.
Recently, Kara and her family relocated to Wisconsin. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time outdoors, doing various activities, going to the park, going shopping, watching movies, cooking/grilling out, and playing with their 2-year-old chocolate lab Nola.
Kara is really looking forward to tutoring online and helping more students learn and grow in the skills that will help them become the most successful individuals they can be! Kara plans to provide fun and engaging content to keep all students maintaining and learning new skills during each and every tutoring session.
Challenges come in all shapes and sizes, but with support, all students can and will rise to our expectations. This idea is at the heart of Tammy's educational philosophy. Tammy believes that individualized education and support should not be challenging to find. She feels her specialty lies in finding the best way to support each child she teaches.
Tammy received her bachelor's degree in Special Education from the University of South Florida. She taught 5th grade, transitioned into special education, and has taught within each grade level. Tammy loves teaching reading, but math is her real passion. Tammy has taught math at all levels, from identifying numbers to college-level skills. Algebra is her favorite niche of mathematics, but all areas have their strengths.
As an educator, Tammy believes it is her responsibility to find a new way to teach, not the child's responsibility to learn in the way she is teaching. With that in mind, she has found, brainstormed, and created unique resources and developed many strategies to ensure understanding of concepts, including concepts that are challenging and abstract.
Early in life, Jenny admittedly hadn't considered teaching as a career. However, that all changed because of a single crucial connection she made with a young man who had significant challenges but had overcome so much! This life-changing interaction set Jenny on a passionate course to help students be the best they can be!
Jenny has a bachelor's degree in vocational rehabilitation and certification in special education. She also has her master's degree in education. Jenny has spent her career teaching all levels of special education, focused on grades 6-12. However, her true passion in life comes from helping each student she works with become the best, happiest, and most successful they can be in the way that works best for them!
Jenny lives in Wisconsin with her husband, three kids, and several animals. She enjoys reading, gardening, crafting, repurposing old furniture, and COFFEE!!!
Rebecca loves to be able to teach each student depending on their learning style – this is the way to success! She is funny, energetic, and loves to keep her students engaged in their lessons to be able to accomplish their learning goals while having fun with technology.
Rebecca has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Jacksonville University and a master’s degree in Developmental Disabilities from Nova Southeastern University. She has been a special education teacher for the last 19 years, teaching in self-contained classrooms for disabilities of all types. She has taught preacademic skills, ELA, intensive reading, math, social studies, and science from PreK through 5th grade. She has been a teacher of the year finalist at her school, is Grade Level Chair this school year, and is the newsletter creator for the special education department at her school.
Outside of school, Rebecca has two children (ages 10 and 15). She also has a family run “zoo” with a dog, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, and a hamster. In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors and go to the pool, the beach, kayaking, and anything with her family. She also loves to learn and is constantly reading and researching for her own professional and personal development.
From a young age, Jane felt called to Special education as she always felt very passionate about representing those who did not feel they had a voice or did not know how to advocate for the rights within the educational system. She has a Masters’ degree in Varying Exceptionalities as well as a Masters’ in Curriculum and Instruction (predominately based on character education) with a minor in trauma and resiliency in general education settings. Her path led her from a 5th grade classroom, to a 3-5th self-contained, then working as an inclusion teacher in a public k-8th charter school that focused primarily on the Arts. Jane worked as a behavior specialist in both Florida and North Carolina. Currently she works as a mediation coordinator, however, she missed that connection with her students and their families.
Jane has done advocacy work through the Council for Exceptional Children locally, state-wide and at the national level. She continues to focus on underserved youth and families in various areas in her community through volunteering for the Red Cross and Meals on Wheels. She believes that every child deserves a quality, supportive educational system that not only focuses on learning, but the whole child, which includes their social emotional learning in school and at home.
Jane values a community approach to children. Valuing the input of the family and their individual needs. Providing interactive, engaging learning experiences, providing skills such as executive functioning skills, and emotional support are all important pieces of a child’s learning environment. When all of those pieces are working in unison, children can become independent, confident adults.
Jane is blessed with three grown children, two of which currently resides in Florida and her eldest resides in North Carolina with she and her husband. In her free time, Jane enjoys walking outdoors, camping, reading, and spending time exploring North Carolina’s waterfalls and state parks
When Mary thinks about how to make the world a better place, she thinks about an individual with special needs. This individual is one who believes much, loves hard and is passionate about life. She believes it is an individual with this unique gift that will allow the rest of the world to search for the good in all.
Students with disabilities are special in that they require one to pause, step back, and truly ponder the essential aspects of life: individuality, purpose, and love. In Mary’s experience working with individuals with Autism and intellectual disabilities, she has learned to be patient, more understanding, and truly appreciate the differences in each student. She wholeheartedly believes this population has made her a better teacher because each student requires different attention that enhances their adaptive and functional skills.
Mary has worked in the public school system in the special education field for nine years. Before that, she worked as a summer camp counselor for elementary students with special needs. Her passion for becoming a teacher began in middle school when she learned that she had a learning disability. Mary received 1-1 support for a few years, which helped her work through the challenges she faced mentally.
Mary’s personal story of victory includes getting a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Education: specializing in Special Education. She learned that when a person is able to work with the challenges in life rather than against them, one is able to find the strength to press on and become stronger in all areas of life. Her passion for working with students helps her to focus on developing skills needed for one to become the best versions of themselves and to make a positive impact in this world.
Mary and her husband live outside the DC area in Virginia and are first-time parents. They welcomed their first child, a daughter, in January, and she is now eight months old, busy, and keeping them on our toes. This journey of parenthood has provided Mary with many opportunities to be a better mom and teacher by serving others with love and patience.
Kate Zerbe has 14 years of classroom experience as a special education teacher and more than ten years of experience homeschooling children with exceptional needs.
Kate has a degree in Special Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She also holds a teaching certification for secondary mathematics, including middle school math and advanced-level high school courses. She has worked with a wide variety of learners and has experience working with children from birth through high school. Kate’s most recent professional development has been centered around trauma-informed classrooms, inclusion in private schools, and in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
Kate brings energy, flexibility, and a cheerful smile to the educational experience. She is passionate about helping students feel good about themselves, especially when facing a challenge. She is able to adjust her teaching style to meet a variety of needs and diligently works to find the right method for each individual. Kate considers it an honor to serve students and families, building meaningful relationships along the way.
Kate loves coffee and cool mornings. She enjoys reading and is a bit competitive at trivia games. She is learning to play the piano and likes to pretend she can sing! Her favorite free time activity includes a table full of friends and family with unlimited chips and salsa.
Lindsey’s educational philosophy is that every student can learn when they are given the tools they need to help them. She understands that everyone learns in a different way, and each student will have different needs. Lindsey is passionate about helping each student to grow and meet their goals. She believes that creating positive relationships is the key to helping students learn, and she is dedicated to creating a positive learning experience for everyone.
Lindsey graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and English Education. She has spent the past 7 years teaching high school in Wisconsin and has worked with a variety of students with different disabilities. She loves teaching and is excited to help students virtually while being their personal cheerleader!
Lindsey currently resides in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota where she enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, playing card games and board games, and spending time with her family and friends in her spare time.
Katherine is a middle school special education teacher. She is incredibly passionate about providing the best services possible to students with disabilities. Katherine has been teaching for quite a few years and has experience in many special education settings, including small group resources, small group self-contained, and inclusion settings.
As a result, she has strong knowledge of and experience with all eligibilities and disabilities. Katherine attended Georgia College for her bachelor's degree in special education. She loved their program so much that she returned for her master's and specialist degrees in special education. She currently lives in Middle Georgia with her family.
Amy has been teaching Special Education for seven years in Queen Creek and Flagstaff, Arizona. She has taught many different subjects, including pre-algebra, consumer math, science, study skills, and health.
Outside of her role with SER, Amy is working as a case manager and thoroughly enjoys working with her students on their IEP goals, along with helping them towards graduation. As a result, Amy has extensive knowledge of the IEP process and is happy to help guide parents in that area.
Amy believes wholeheartedly that every student can learn and succeed in their goals, but how they learn might differ depending on the student and their learning style. She enjoys bringing many different modes of teaching into her lessons, such as physical movement, games, and short stories.
When Amy isn’t teaching, she enjoys being outside with her husband and toddler. They love to hike, paddleboard, snowshoe, and leisurely walk to the park. Amy is also an avid runner and has completed many marathons and ultra-marathons. She is described as a very energetic and goal-oriented person, and can’t wait to bring her excitement and passion to each lesson she teaches!
Growing up, Mandy was surrounded by books and a mother who shared the joy of learning with her and her sisters. Mandy’s mother was a huge inspiration and was, coincidentally, her 5th-grade math teacher. Along with the love of learning, she also grew up with a close cousin with special needs. Mandy’s experience with family members and friends with special needs molded her as a person and placed her on a path to becoming a special educator.
Mandy graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. During her time at SFA, she was a member and President of the Student Council for Exceptional Children. After graduation, she began her career as an Adaptive Behavior teacher back in her hometown. In the years to follow, she began teaching resource to 4th and 5th graders.
Recently, Mandy and her husband moved out of the city and purchased their first home. They have two dogs named Lucy and Annie. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, crocheting, and being outdoors. Mandy always strives to help students learn the way that best suits their specific needs.
Julia Andrade believes that children have the desire to learn. Therefore, she strives to build relationships with her students and engage them in learning. She does this by encouraging her students, praising them for their efforts, and having fun.
Julia graduated from Brigham Young University - Idaho, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education K-12. She is the 8th of 11 children with two loving parents. She married her best friend and loves being a stay-at-home mom. She has a dog named Penelope, who is treated like another family member. Julia loves exploring nature, dancing, creating arts and crafts, and reading.
Julia became a teacher simply because she wanted to make a difference in students’ lives the way that her teachers made a difference in hers. She finds joy in the success of each one of her students. She wants them to be proud of themselves. Julia wants her students to be happy and for them to continue having the desire to learn.
Tiffany has a true passion for working with her students. She believes that all children can learn and loves finding ways to make learning fun. She especially likes teaching reading and enjoys reading to her students as much as possible.
Tiffany graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in special education. She has worked with students with mild to severe disabilities in some capacity for 25 years. Tiffany has taught in the traditional classroom, as well as being a tutor, a virtual and in-person homebound teacher, and a substitute teacher.
In her free time, Tiffany loves spending time with her family. She also enjoys reading, shopping, and traveling. She is extremely grateful to be a part of the Special Education Resource family and to help students successfully reach their goals.
Aryn DeForrest can be described as an animated, eager, and compassionate educator. Her success is driven by her student success, no matter the road it takes to get there. Aryn believes that with the right tools, all students have the ability to obtain success. Aryn celebrates all wins with her students, no matter how big or how small. Much like Temple Grandin stated above, Aryn knows her student’s learning styles are different, not less.
Aryn has an undergraduate degree in Special Education: K-12 and a Masters in Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis. Aryn has worked in many different roles in education, all supporting the needs of our students with IEPS. Aryn also does volunteer work educating parents of students with IEPs.
In her spare time, Aryn enjoys spending time with her spouse and new baby. As a true Colorado native, most of her time is spent outdoors. She enjoys the arts and is always creating something with different types of mediums. Aryn is BEYOND excited to be a part of the Special Education Resource family!
Danielle’s journey to becoming an educator has been non-traditional. She initially started her journey by working and going to college simultaneously. Danielle began working as a 911 operator for law enforcement in Idaho, Hawaii, and Nevada. At that time, Danielle made the decision to return to finish her education. Danielle has worked with youth services at the Herlong Army Depot in Herlong, California, and Aliamanu Military Reservation in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her career in education also includes working as a paraprofessional at Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Danielle has been a special education teacher for fifteen years. She has taught in high school and middle school settings; however, she prefers teaching elementary students.
Danielle received her degree in elementary education in 2008 from Western Governors University. She completed her certification to teach special education through the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence in 2010.
Her educational philosophy is that all children are unique and learn in a wide variety of ways. If a child doesn’t learn the way they are taught, then we must teach the way the child learns. Children thrive in a setting that positively encourages them to keep trying and doing their best. Danielle desires to provide an environment in which children can meet their full potential.
Danielle lives with her husband, who retired from the Navy in 2008, two dogs, two cats, and two horses. She enjoys horseback riding, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, gardening, cooking, and sewing.
Yos' background and passion are deeply embedded in all things technology. His contributions to SER are vast and include video editing, graphics, design, website development, curriculum development, and anything else the SER team needs to help children reach their excellence!
In his free time, Yos enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, and any other adventure he can find with his wife and daughter. Truly a lover of life, Yos is constantly looking for more ways to help children around the globe break free from any academic challenges that may exist.
A true pillar of the organization, Yos is often the first person to volunteer to help with ANY challenges that arise from a technology standpoint. As an outside-the-box thinker - solutions to more significant technology challenges seem to come quickly to Yos, who has been a big driver of all the behind-the-scenes work within SER.
Yos contributes his success to his profound belief that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams!
Dara’s passion involves videography and graphic design. This stems from a lifelong interest in all things art related!
Most of her time within SER is spent creating expert graphics, videos, and other content for our educators specifically designed to help engage students and to hold their attention for the duration of the session.
Outside the organization, Dara enjoys a wide variety of interests, including relaxing with a good book, or spending quality time in nature, usually focused on areas she hasn’t yet been to. New experiences are a focal point for her, as she deeply enjoys broadening her horizons!
Since Kara was a little girl, she knew she wanted to become a teacher. Her Kindergarten teacher left an impact on her heart that she knew she wanted to provide to her future students. She believes every child can succeed and feel proud of their accomplishments if they feel seen and heard.
Kara graduated from Elmhurst College in Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in Special Education. After graduating, she moved to South Carolina with her husband and two young children to start a new chapter in their lives. When Kara stepped into her daughter’s preschool, she knew she wanted to start her teaching career. She happily spent the next seven years as a Pre-K lead teacher. During this time, Kara welcomed their youngest child into their family. Being able to do something that she loved while watching her children go through their preschool years is a time in her life she will never take for granted.
After 13 years, Kara’s children are all in school, so she took a step away from the teaching world to practice self-care. Kara loves going to the beach, reading, scrapbooking, yoga, and spending time with her family. Kara is thankful to be a part of the SER family, and she feels at peace that she is still involved in the teaching world with amazing co-workers and families at SER.
Kris is from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and has lived there for nine years. Though Kris is originally from Washington State and most of her family still lives there, she loves living in the South and enjoys being near the beach. Kris began her career working office jobs but later discovered her true passion lay in education. She taught preschool for seven years and worked with various age groups. When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her daughter Kaitlynn, a University of South Carolina student. Kris also loves spending time with her many friends and frequenting Disney World. Kris loves being a part of the SER family!
All children are born with the innate ability to reach their OWN excellence.
That a growing group of children don’t fully prosper in overpopulated classrooms.
Through technology and one on one learning, their future path to success can be made clear again.
We are dedicated to helping children with special needs reach their excellence.