My story has taken all sorts of twists and turns over the years, but I can say without a doubt that I love what I do and it is my passion.
I obtained my undergraduate degree in special education and jumped headfirst into a self-contained classroom for students with intellectual disabilities and autism my first year. The following year I transitioned to a behavior support classroom and spent the following 5 years providing services to students who displayed challenging and aggressive behaviors. Throughout this time period I went back and got both my Masters degree in behavior disorders and a post graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. My 7th and 8th year of teaching have been in a middle school functional academics program which is a return to where I started.
I can easily say that the ABA coursework was the best decision I made and has become a passion of mine. I finished my supervised fieldwork in the classroom and worked part time as a behavior therapist for an in home therapy company before transitioning to a BCBA role when I passed my test.
I believe that ABA can be implemented easily and ethically in the classroom with the proper supports and materials to do so. It is my goal to support teachers and practitioners in this through training, blogs, materials, and 1:1 consultations.