WTell us a little more about your educational background and professional journey.
I started my educational journey at the University of Charleston (WV) where I majored in Athletic Training. After completing my undergraduate degree, I moved home to be closer to family. I took a year off between college and getting started in a career to study for athletic training boards and to work as a rowing coach at St. Ursula Academy. During this time, I also joined the Junior League of Toledo; where I found my passion for volunteering and helping the community. After working as an Athletic Trainer for a few years, I decided it was not the best path for me, and I went back to school to the University of Toledo to become a Special Education Teacher. I have been working as a Special Education Teacher for the past 6 years.
Why did you want to join the DSAGT board?
A friend from the Junior League of Toledo (Ali Kingston) introduced me to DSAGT. Ali always had amazing stories about the differences DSAGT was making in the community and I knew it was something I was interested in!! DSAGT allows me to combine my passions - volunteering and individuals with special needs.
Why do you think it's important for professionals to be involved in the community?
Professionals make up a large part of the community, but we don't always know what is best. It has been amazing to see the passion of other DSAGT board members and parents. I have learned so much from hearing about experiences from parents and other professionals!! Being a Special Educator does not stop when school is out; so I am thankful to be involved in the DSAGT community to continue learning and giving back!
What do you enjoy most about being a part of DSAGT?
My most enjoyable part of being with DSAGT has been attending the Parent Advocacy Training night. The opportunity to hear parents and other professionals tell stories about their positive and negative experiences will always stick with me.
What are some other things you enjoy spending your time on?
Outside of DSAGT, I am an active member of the Junior League of Toledo. I also teach at the Aerospace & Natural Science Academy of Toledo, at Toledo Public Schools and will be teaching summer school at Waite High School. Outside of COVID-19 times, I enjoy trying new restaurants, going to the Theater with my mom, and traveling. When I get to lounge around at home, you can find me snuggling with my 2 Bengal cats; Axe & Jax.