MA. SPED/SPED T CRED
Hello! My name is Jessica, and I am an educator who specializes in working with neurodivergent students, students with learning differences, and students who need some extra academic sub-skill support to optimize school functioning.
I have always known I've wanted to be an educator since I was young. One of my core childhood memories is playing “teacher” with my sisters and cousins. I also grew up with a family friend with an intellectual disability that geared me toward working with students with special needs. I graduated from University of California at Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I then graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Special Education, and I have also earned a cleared Mild to Moderate Special Education teaching credential from California State University, Los Angeles.
I have taught as a Special Education teacher (Resource Specialist) at the elementary, middle, and high school levels at both district and charter networks for several years. I have worked with students with varying abilities, from Specific Learning Disabilities, to Autism, to Emotional Disturbance, to ADD and ADHD. I also work as the Associate Director of Special Education at a charter network in Los Angeles with K-12 populations in the Silverlake, Koreatown, and Macarthur Park areas. I love seeing how the 1-1 setting harnesses my power to support my struggling learners the most. Whether I am working with a student who needs executive functioning bolstering, or whether I am teaching a student how to comprehend when reading, I am committed to building strong relationships and maintaining a solid rapport. Partnering with the student’s support team is also key, as collaboration yields the best results for a learning profile. Most of all, I want my students to feel confident, to enjoy learning, to experience success, and to advocate for themselves! I feel fulfilled from the work that I do, and I know that I can make a positive contribution in the lives of my students.