Welcome to our classroom! I am proud to be starting my 17th year teaching in the K-2 Exceptional Children's classroom with Hickory City Schools. Originally from Pennsylvania, I earned my degree in special education at West Chester University. I taught in a Resource setting for four years in Colorado and one year in New Jersey before moving to Hickory. My husband is a Biology teacher at East Burke High School. We have a daughter in middle school and I have a son attending NC State University. We love the outdoors , our many pets, fishing, and spending time with our families at the beach and in the mountains. I am very passionate about teaching students with special needs. I strive to provide a challenging, supportive, and engaging classroom for all my students. I am Orton GIllingham trained and work hard to provide a classroom which is full of books, music, arts and crafts, hands on learning opportunities, and lots of laughter and smiling faces. Our team consists of an incredibly talented teacher assistant, Speech Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, and Occupational Therapist.