My areas of interest all focus around teacher preparation, particularly in the areas of teaching reading and collaborative service models. My research interests include teaching reading to older struggling students, methods for developing reading fluency in struggling readers, RTI, and grouping practices in reading instruction. I'm also involved in investigating collaborative and inclusive practices, particularly their effects on students' acquisition of reading skills.
I have taught students in grades K-6 in a variety of settings and schools throughout Los Angeles, including self-contained special education classes, pull-out programs, and as a co-teacher in inclusive settings. Although I've been teaching at CSUN for more than 7 years, my heart is still in the K-12 classroom, and I'm particularly proud that I maintain connections with many of my former students and their families, serving as an advocate or advisor when needed.
I regularly present workshops nationally on the topic of teaching reading to students with mild/moderate disabilities, and I appreciate the opportunity to interact with teachers around the country and learn about their programs.I also frequently present on topics related to inclusive practices and co-teaching. My greatest passion is teaching children to read and helping other teachers teach children to read.
I am proud to have received the following honors/awards:
2005: Judge Julian Beck Award, Learning Centered Project, CSU Northridge
Improving Communication Skills for Effective Collaboration in Special Education
2001: California Council for Exceptional Children, Southern California Division
Outstanding Special Educator Award
1999/2000: National Foundation for the Improvement of Education
Leadership Grant recipient