Discipline: Community Trainee
My professional work with young children began seven years ago, when, seeking to transition away from many years as a freelance graphic designer, I took an Assistant Teacher position at a small private preschool. While I thought perhaps this would be a temporary gig, I quickly fell in love. I later took a position as a Special Education Ed Tech III, where I found that I particularly enjoyed the challenge of working with young children who needed extra support with their learning, including those with challenging behaviors. I received my State of Maine 282 “Teacher of Students with Disabilities” (birth to age 5) endorsement, and this spring, I completed a M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Early Intervention through the University of Maine. Currently, I am employed as an Early Childhood Special Educator with Child Development Services in Lewiston, where I participate on IEP teams as a classroom observer and evaluator and provide itinerant specially-designed instruction to 3-to-5-year-olds in school and child care settings. Since finding my way to the field of early childhood special education, I have continually pursued opportunities to build my skill set as a teacher. I am interested now in broadening my scope by connecting with other professionals who support children with disabilities, and by learning more about policy and advocacy. I am excited to participate in the LEND program as I work toward identifying how I can best leverage my strengths and interests to affect positive systemic change.