SSD Teacher- Autism Program
Though not a native St. Louisian (or born in America for that matter), St. Louis has been my home since age 12, so yes, I can tell you where I went to high school if you're interested! I was born and raised in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and have lots of curling, pee wee hockey, and poutine in my past. My accent tends to become more pronounced when I return from visiting my family on Lake Huron in the summer, so that's the best time to catch me say "aboot." If you ever want to learn any fun facts about our neighbor to the north, come stop by my room!
In addition to education, music is my passion. Vinyl, CDs, Cassettes, FLAC, MP3s... Rock, funk, punk, classical, country, new age... I collect and listen to it all. I also love movies and good television. I have wonderful parents, a twin brother, an older brother, a younger sister, sister in law and brother in law and four nieces and nephews under the age of 11.
I am happily married to an amazing woman I met in high school... and who agreed to marry me ten years later :) We live in St. Louis County with our 1 year old son.
I graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication. I received my Masters in Special Education from Fontbonne University. I am certified to teach students in Kindergarten - Grade 12 with Cross-Categorical Mild to Moderate Disabilities.
The growing awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders and improved diagnostic tools has resulted in more and more diagnoses of Autism in the past few years. If you are interested in more information on Autism, please feel free to stop by my office, call, or email. Links to Autism information, activities and handouts used in my program and classes are found in the top right side of this page.
Parkway North High School's (PNHS) AU Program will devote it's efforts and resources to provide a safe and progressive environment for PNHS students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The staff will provide students with academic support, social tools to thrive and succeed all four years at PNHS, and prepare them for life beyond the classroom and after graduation.
First Semester Schedule Second Semester Schedule
A Days A Days
1. Prep 1. Prep
2. Independent Instruction 2. Independent Instruction
3. Independent Instruction 3. Independent Instruction
4. Work Experience 4. Work Experience
B Days B Days
5. Prep 5. Prep
6. Academic Lab 6. Academic Lab
7. Independent Instruction 7. Independent Instruction8. Flex Time 8. Flex Time