GA for Independent Living
- I am a Georgia native and grew up in the outskirts of Atlanta. I graduated from Jacksonville State University with my Bachelor's in Collaborative Education (K-6) and received my Master's in Severe Disabilities Education from UA. My career as a classroom teacher of 5 years began and ended in the Oxford City School System. I taught 4 years at the elementary level and one year in a life skills classroom at the high school. I have over 16 years of experience with individuals with intellectual disabilities of all ability levels. I was previously employed at The Learning Tree Inc. in Jacksonville and volunteered with Special Olympics throughout high school. In addition to teaching and working on my doctoral degree, I run a program called Fit Friends! We work to educate adolescents and adults with disabilities on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by providing weekly fitness classes, nutrition activities, and cooking lessons.
My experience in working with this program has been eye opening. As a former special education teacher, I worked to push my students beyond their comfort zone in order to show them the incredible things they are capable of doing. I wanted my students to envision a future where they have the opportunity to work, attend college, or live independently. CrossingPoints is a team of people with the same ambition. The students prove to us every single day that they are willing to work as hard as possible to attain their goals, whether they relate to employment, post secondary education, or independent living. It is truly a privilege to work with such self-determined individuals.