"I feel very passionate about sharing the range of experiences I have had in helping future teachers navigate such a challenging and rewarding profession."
- BEd, Early Childhood & Early Childhood SPED
How did you become interested in the field of special education?
Volunteering in high school
What types of candidates do you hope/recommend to pursue becoming a special education teacher?
Candidates with patience and a positive attitude.
How does the BEd Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Education program best support and prepare its students?
Rigorous and useful coursework combined with field experience prepares our students with the support of program faculty.
What words of advice would you give to people looking to pursue the program/profession?
Bring your energy and positive attitude!
What are your research interests?
I am interested in research related to inclusive classroom settings.
Describe your own road to higher education.
Part of me always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I loved and respected the ones I had growing up and wanted to help others. After college and obtaining my masters degree, I taught special education for four years before coming to UHM as a MUSE Mentor. Life led me back to the classroom, teaching general and special education, for another six years. I feel very passionate about sharing the range of experiences I have had in helping future teachers navigate such a challenging and rewarding profession. My future professional goal is to finish my PhD.
What do you like to do outside of education?
I enjoy physical activity (dance, yoga, hiking, etc) and am involved in the theatre community here on island.