Psychology , 2014
Fifth grade special education teacher at Curtin Intermediate School, Williamsport Area School District, Williamsport, Pa.
I’m currently working as an inclusive learning support teacher. I teach math and reading to identified students, as well as regular education students who need extra support. The majority of my teaching is done in small groups inside the regular education classroom. I have four students on my caseload that I am responsible for progress monitoring and adapting the curriculum to meet their individual needs. Curtin is also piloting a Corrective Reading program, and I am the fifth grade interventionist. Therefore, I work with eleven identified fifth graders in the areas of decoding and comprehension.
Lycoming College’s Education Department completely prepared me to become a teacher. I had two wonderful placements for student teaching and all the support I could have ever asked for. My professors believed in me more than I believed in myself sometimes and gave me the confidence to push forward. Immediately after graduating, I was fortunate enough to obtain a full-time position and I truly believe I have the best career! I can’t even begin to describe the reward of watching students grow and succeed.
I’ve learned and experienced so much in my first few months as a full-time teacher, but the most important thing is that each day is a new day.