My education background includes a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Averett University, a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Special Education from Old Dominion University, a certificate in Early Childhood Special Education from Lynchburg College, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Radford University. I am currently taking classes from the Florida Institute of Technology to obtain a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis and plan on sitting before the BACB after my certification is completed. I also have both a Professional Collegiate License in Special Education and an Administrator’s License from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
I began my service career as a social worker and worked with clients in medical, social, and economic hardships for 13 years, then transitioned into the field of special education where I served students identified with special needs in grades K-5 and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). I have tutored children in grades kindergarten through 8th grade in math and reading. I am highly qualified in the state of Virginia in all content areas for grades K-5. While in the school system for 10 years, I was a trainer in the area of autism with a team of professionals educating paraprofessionals to work with children identified with ASD, headed child study interventions teams, chaired many committees, taught summer school, served as special education liaison, and assisted with administrative tasks when called to do so serving in varied leadership roles, including attending conferences at the state level furthering my experiences in the VTSS/PBIS and Autism areas. My years in the local school system provided exposure that adds to my capabilities in addition to my original mental health background. I have served as a medical social worker in a hospital setting and a social worker in a geriatric setting working closely with local social service agencies. I have served children and adolescents identified with ASD, PDD, Deaf, Blind, Multiple Disabilities, Hearing Impaired, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disabilities, Oppositional Defiance, ADHD, Fragile X, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Developmentally Delayed, behavioral difficulties and/or medically fragile.
I spent 3 years working part-time for The Madeline Centre and full-time in the school system before coming aboard in a full-time capacity in July 2016. I am driven by a passion to serve others and perfect my skill-set through further education and experiences.