With an inherent love of helping others, and a mindset that learning is a lifelong process, Diana was drawn to the field of Special Education.
Described as an individual with a “contagious energy and passion,” Diana has found ways to step outside the norm and connect with students (and families) with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and frustrations. With the addition of a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education, a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology, and a vision that no individual should settle for a label, Diana has devoted her life to helping individuals fulfill their dreams. Diana’s driven to help individuals prove to both society and themselves, that no matter the challenges they face, they can exceed all expectations.
Diana’s firm belief that every single student deserves a truly individualized education, and first-hand experience witnessing the impact one-on-one instruction and technology can have on students of all ages, lead her out of the classroom and to Special Ed Resource. Diana shares her dream of ensuring all individuals have an equal chance to reach their goals with all of the compassionate tutors at Special Ed Resource.
Amanda has a vast knowledge of the Special Education world ranging from early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school. Amanda has a strong background in assistive technology and working with students in all disability categories. Amanda’s personal journey through the world of Special Education has made her the educator she is today.
Amanda believes all students can learn regardless of ability. She believes each student learns at his/her own pace, and rapport is established when a nurturing positive environment is present. Amanda knows each student has strengths and weaknesses and learning takes place when focusing and building on their individual strengths.
In her years as a Special Education teacher, Amanda has utilized technology to increase students’ success. Amanda’s past and current experience teaching online has opened a world of opportunity for the students she teaches. Amanda’s love for and positive outlook about technology, has enabled her to make online learning fun and exciting for each and every student she teaches.
Amanda is excited to be part of the Special Ed Resource Team who share the same common values and ideas that she holds near and dear to her heart! She is thrilled to be teaching your child.
She became an educator to ensure that every child she encounters has a champion, regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, or ability level.
Every child is unique, exploring information and discovering knowledge in their own way and at their own pace. Yet, every child is capable of success. In order to facilitate this success, Erin builds strong, positive relationships with each of her students. By establishing an open rapport with the students, she is able to learn each child’s strengths and weaknesses—thus understanding what it takes for each child to succeed. She is able to create learning opportunities that build on strengths and support weaknesses. Instruction is differentiated so that every child is able to reach his or her highest potential. Special Ed Resource is such an extraordinary company because it allows tutors to do just that—differentiate instruction to meet each student on their level. Erin is proud to be a part of a team that truly cares about each and every student, and she looks forward to working with your child.
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.
As an educator, she is dedicated to enabling each child to critically examine the world around them. She strives to provide learning experiences that allow students to make personal connections, remain engaged, and celebrate their individual skills, talents, and abilities.
Melissa has been in the field of education for over 20 years. She holds a degree in Special Education K-12 from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Through the years, she has taught all ages from preschool to adults. She is a certified Wilson Reading instructor but loves teaching math as well. Melissa has extensive experience in online education and strongly believes in the effectiveness of online education.
Melissa has been married to her husband, John, for 19 years. She has three children- Morgan (17), Kyler (14), and Reese (12). She loves scrapbooking, travel, and is a competitive cheerleading coach.
Erin is committed to differentiating instruction to serve every individual and unique need. One of Erin’s inspiring mottos is “Learning through laughter,” which encourages academic growth in a positive and fun environment.
Erin graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education: General Curriculum. Erin has worked with middle and high school students for the past four years. Even though Erin has only been in the education field for a few years, she has worked with a plethora of disabilities. It is through these experiences that she has embraced a mindset of differentiating instruction to best fit individual needs.
Erin is excited to be on a journey of positive change with the SpecialEdResource.com Team and strives to encourage, uplift, and inspire success.
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.
Jessica has taught pre-K up through college-age students and even taught GED prep to adult learners. At the young age of six, Jessica knew she wanted to work in the field of special education and help students become their best selves. Her favorite part of teaching is watching a student’s eyes light up with that “Ah-Ha” moment and knowing that she just helped that student understand something they never have before.
Jessica has been described as passionate, caring, determined, and joyful and makes it her personal mission to help each and every student regardless of age or ability. She aims to leave a positive impression on the students she works with, and her hope at the end of each day is to help her students enjoy learning a little more than they did the day before.
She is extremely excited to be working with Special Education Resource and helping your child have “Ah-Ha” learning moments. Jessica’s goal is to not only help your child learn but also to learn from your child.
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.
She believes that every child can learn in some capacity and it is the job of an educator to find the magic to make it possible. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and certifications in Special Education k-12, LD and handicapped, Transition to Work and Regular Education 1-8. Christina spent two summers working at the Rich Center for Autism which was located at Youngstown State University. Christina earned her Masters of Educational Administration with a Supervisor certification and is currently pursuing her EDD in Educational Leadership.
Christina has taught grades Kindergarten up through adult learners. Christina is very passionate about helping students work on the transition part of their IEP to help develop a plan for their future. She sits on a county committee in her state to help individuals with disabilities be successful in the community once they leave the school environment. Christina believes that communication between the student, teacher, and parent is a major key to ensuring the success of the student.
Christina has been married twenty-three years and has twelve-year-old twins. Christina’s family is very involved in sports all year round. Christina has coached track and volleyball and now follows her own children’s sports careers on the courts and fields.
Humans can do anything they set their minds to, and the young population is where that mindset should start. Children should be showered with love, support, and other essential needs before learning can take place. Natalie feels that her life saying is “Above All Love.” Before we start the learning, enrichment, or tutoring the children should know that they are cared for. Once a relationship is built then learning can begin.
Described as a fun, loving, caring individual Natalie has found ways to connect with children that some have never been able to reach. Not only does Natalie have God given talent when it comes to connecting with students, but she has also been shaped by Appalachian State University with key resources and education. Natalie received her a major in Special Education-General Curriculum and a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorder from Appalachian State University. With all of the education, training, and experience in public education Natalie is a well-shaped educator who can discover specific complications children are having with school. When the complications are discovered she is an expert on finding resources to help the pinpointed complication.
Natalie believes that every child should have a chance to love learning and be cared for. She believes that John F. Kennedy said it best, “ Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”
Having grown up in a household of educators and with a natural affinity to learn, Samantha was drawn to the field of special education. She believes that connection is the first step towards connecting with students, and that getting to know the students can allow educators to modify their instruction to meet students’ individual needs.
Samantha received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education and English Literature from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and went on to pursue her Master of Education in Learning and Instruction from Northeastern University. Throughout her studies, Samantha has worked as a co-teacher in an inclusion classroom in grades 1, 3, and 4. She is experienced in teaching all subjects in elementary grade levels, and feels particularly called to literacy instruction. She is trained in and excels in kinetic and sensory based reading instruction programs, such as Project Read and Wilson.
Through her teaching experience, Samantha has experienced the use of Assistive Technology open many doors for students with special needs. Through the use of interactive games, books, and activities through online learning, Samantha has engaged all types of learners and documented positive growth in their learning.
Samantha is excited to work with your child and to help them reach their full potential. Through communication and collaboration with you and the Special Education Resource team, Samantha promises growth and confidence in your child.
She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and graduated from Ohio University in 2014. Sara then went on to teach middle school for several years, developing her philosophy on teaching and working with learners of all levels. The subject areas she was responsible for teaching included Language Arts, Reading, and Mathematics. Sara believes that every child is capable of greatness and can achieve amazing things. Her goal is to foster a safe environment where students feel comfortable learning and expressing themselves.
Sara believes that children learn differently, and she strives to create learning in a differentiated way. She develops a great rapport with students, continuing to better the learning environment. By tutoring a student one-on-one, Sara is able to pinpoint students’ strengths as well as areas in need of improvement. This allows her to create learning opportunities that continue building strengths as well as encouraging growth in areas of improvement. Sara loves being part of the Special Ed Resource team, where we share the same core values about education and learning.
He has worked in a co-teaching model where he taught students literature and has worked in a self-contained unit with students who have been identified as having Autism.
Currently, Michael works in a high school setting where he runs a self-contained classroom with students who have been labeled as emotionally disturbed; after school, he spends much of his time working on his Master’s degree in Special Education at the University of Hartford.
Throughout his career, Mr. Osmers has demonstrated great skill in being able to develop relationships with his students as well as balance the cultural, socioeconomic, and developmental needs of the students in his classes. Being well-versed in the techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Michael often engages his learners with an authentic and genuine style of teaching in which positive reinforcement takes precedence. In terms of curriculum, Michael has much experience in planning for and executing lessons for students based on their Individualized Education Plans and instructional levels. He provides students with targeted instructional support to develop student independence through studying, organization, and self-advocacy skills. Furthermore, expertise in case management, IEP development, 504 development, administration of academic evaluations, and modification of curriculum is all shown in his daily work.
Pam believes that all students can learn when provided the appropriate supports. Dedicated to lifelong learning, her love of learning motivates and inspires her students to learn and grow.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Malone University and then obtained an Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate K-12 license through Notre Dame College. Five years co-teaching Integrated Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science for grades 6-12, plus five summers tutoring at an Extended School Year program for grades K-12, have given her experience in working with a wide variety of students with special needs.
Pam is dedicated to getting to know her students and using that knowledge to create meaningful and motivating lessons that are unique to each child.
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