"I am deeply committed to fostering the success of underrepresented individuals and supporting a diversity of perspectives in the classroom, and the community."
How did you become interested in the special education field?
Throughout my bachelor’s degree, I had the opportunity to voluntarily work with students with mild to moderate disabilities. I enjoyed being challenged to develop and deliver educational programs to meet their unique needs. I discovered my passion for working with students with significant learning challenges, and I decided to major in special education to learn more about teaching students at-risk for and identified with disabilities.
What is your philosophy of teaching?
My philosophy of teaching is that every student has a unique wealth of background knowledge and experiences that can contribute to their understanding of course material. I believe that the diversity that students bring to the class should be viewed as a resource, strength, and benefit. As a faculty member at UH, I use a variety of methods for delivery of course material to support an inclusive learning environment in which each student feels valued and welcome.
What types of candidates do you hope/recommend to pursue our licensure programs in special education? How do our programs best support and prepare its students?
I encourage any candidates with an interest in enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with disabilities to pursue the special education programs. We offer students the opportunity to gain professional training and experience in working with diverse populations. We support students to learn the foundations of teaching and encourage them to use evidence-based practices to meet the needs of students with disabilities in an inclusive classroom.
What are your research interests?
My research interests include cognitive assessment and developing interventions for students with learning disabilities from diverse backgrounds. My research in early mathematics focuses on developing and testing interventions that address both the mathematical and cognitive difficulties of young children at-risk for mathematics difficulties.
What are your goals/future plans?
I am deeply committed to fostering the success of underrepresented individuals and supporting a diversity of perspectives in the classroom, and the community. As a faculty member at UH, I continue to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in education through my teaching, research, and service activities.
What do you like to do outside of education?
I enjoy hiking and acrylic painting.
Anything else you would like to share?
I look forward to collaborating and building a relationship with UH ‘Ohana and learn more about Hawaiian culture and community.