In 1998, I completed a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CLAD certified, clear credential with supplemental authorization in social studies from San Diego State University. After several years of teaching experience in diverse settings, I enrolled at California State University, Los Angeles, to pursue graduate level studies in Special Education. In 2010, I graduated with honors with a Master’s in Special Education and a Level 1 teaching credential in Visual Impairments. In the fall of 2010, I obtained employment as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired with Tustin Unified School District.
In 2010, I obtained additional employment as a Graduate Assistant for the Charter College of Education, Division of Special Education and Counseling, at California State University, Los Angeles. During this time, I also worked as a contracted braille consultant for the Visual Impairments credential program. My roles include grading braille assignments, assisting students with educational tasks, and presenting guest lectures.
For the past 11-years, I have worked as a Faculty Lecturer for the Charter College of Education. During this time, I have taught courses specific to visual impairments, relating to disability awareness, early intervention, reading strategies for students with disabilities, disabilities in schools & society and supervising student teachers during their final fieldwork experiences. Additional work has also included writing, administering and grading the braille competency exam, working on a semester course conversion committee, and both group and independent course conversions from face-to-face to online models. I am currently Project Manager for US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Agency Grant, (H235E190002) titled Braille Brain. This project is creating a braille curriculum for pre-service Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, parents and paraprofessionals and includes a best practices website.
Faculty Lecturer - Undergraduate courses, Education Specialists Credential Programs - California State University, Los Angeles 2013- Present
· EDSP 3010 – Individuals with Disabilities in Contemporary Society
· EDSP 4650 – Medical Aspects of Visual Impairments
· EDSP 4660 – Literary Braille Code
· EDSP 5000 – Disabilities in Schools and Society
· EDSP 5640 – Academic Skills for Individuals with Visual Impairments and Blindness
· EDSP 5670 – Low Incidence Early Childhood Special Education
· EDSP 5660 – Advanced Braille Codes
· EDSP 5661 – Braille Competency Exam
· EDSP 4064 & EDSP 4094 – Directed Teaching Supervision
· CSULA Online Course Development – EDSP 4050 - Instruction to Support Students with Disabilities in Core English Language Arts Curriculum – 2021
· CTC Program Standards – Course realignment committee - 2021
· Project Director – Braille Brain: Braille Curriculum Training Grant 2019-Present
· CSULA Online Course Development Team – EDSP 3010 - Disabilities in Contemporary Society - 2019
· Independent Education Evaluator – Various Districts & Parents 2017-Present
· Researcher – iBraille Challenge Grant – 2016-2017