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“If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right.” Mary Kay Ash.

This is Theresa’s favorite quote.

Theresa has worn many hats in education: sign language interpreter, dorm counselor, instructional aide, adjunct college professor, DHH classroom teacher, home hospital teacher, lead itinerant teacher, conference presenter, and reflective coach. She started in special education at the age of 19 years as a sign language interpreter/instructional aide. Theresa has over 27 years work experience in special education, 21 of which she has spent teaching.  She is a California teacher raised and educated in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee earning a Master’s of Education: Special Education Working with Young Children and Families, two bachelors: Mental Health/Human Services and Bachelor of Science emphasis Deaf Education and two associates degrees: Mental Health and Human Services and Interpreter Training Program.

As an itinerant, Theresa travels: She travels to different schools, different classrooms and works with a wide variety of educational supporters from clerks to superintendents. She navigates the academic waters daily going from a kinder classroom to a post high school transitional program.  She is within general education classrooms, special day classes and alternative education programs.

In 2014-2015, two of her students won at the state level for the “Yes I Can!” Awards in the area of Technology and School and Community activities.  One went on to win at the national level. In 2015-2016, Theresa had another student win at the national level receiving the “Yes I Can!” Award in School and Community activities.

Theresa thrives on exploring new ways to connect people to resources and to each other.