Special Education Philosophy Essay

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Carissa has been teaching Kindergarten through six grade students with intellectual disabilities for 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Concentration: Criminal Justice) degree. She later completed the teacher’s licensure program with a concentration in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Special Education. When she reflected on why she chose to become a special education teacher, Carissa shared:
I have always has a passion for individuals with special needs. Before I became a special education teacher, I was a Mental Health Case Manager for Easter Seals UCP. During that time, I established a closer relationship with individuals with special needs and that is when I developed a desire to become a special education teacher.
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I was a writer for a children’s hospital where I photographed and made short biographies for the children who had operations to generate funds for their surgeries. Before that, I previously worked as a care provider for children with special needs. Upon moving to North Carolina, I was a substitute special education teacher for students with intellectual disabilities. With my overall experiences, it became my desire to become a special education teacher.
Karen’s teaching philosophy is to ensure each student work to their highest potential in the 21st Century in their educational setting. It is Karen’s desire to ensure that her students go on an educational adventure of high order thinking, soaring beyond expectations by student friendly collaboration, differentiating instructions, emerging creativity, and incorporating assistive technology in the students’ core curriculum. Karen believes technology devices such as the iPad are essential instructional tools to prepare students to become critical thinkers in the 21st century classroom. Karen stated, “All of these components guide students to become excited and happy

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