I was an exceptional student educator in the State of Florida for more than 10 years, working in settings ranging from early intervention to high school. I also worked as a clinician for the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at Florida Atlantic University for 6 years, providing specialized consultation, training, and support to individuals with autism, their families, schools, and community agencies.
I currently have a private practice in Jupiter, Florida, specializing in working with children and families to address developmental, behavioral, and school challenges, as well as providing specific support to individuals with disabilities. I also provide professional consultations and presentations for community agencies and school on a variety of topics related to neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan.
My philosophy of teaching is constructivist in nature. Students consistently assessing how material is developing understanding strikes me as an active manner of learning. This ties to observation and basic scientific theory, with the idea that opinions can change based upon new evidence.
My approach to teaching is to facilitate the student in the process of developing meaning on a deeper level. The ultimate goal would be to guide the students in understanding how they individually learn, so that they may utilize critical thinking and problem solving when presented with new information.
I am researching and developing a treatment manual for counselors to address topics of sex education, sexuality, gender identity, consent, and safety for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder within the clinical setting.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Palm Beach County (NAMI PBC); vice president, Board of Directors 2019-present; board member, 2018-2019.