Resource Specialist Provider
Chula Vista Elementary School District
Even though it’s been years since I graduated from Peabody, I find that I use what I learned every day in my professional life as a special educator. Every single one of my students has a reading goal outlined in his or her IEP, and I am confident that they will reach the IEP goals because of the training and advice I received at Peabody.
The students on my caseload remind me of the students I taught and worked with in Nashville, so I am so grateful for my time student teaching at various schools. Planning specific reading interventions and working one-on-one or with differentiated groups is easier because of my previous training and experience. I still use books that I learned about during a course on children's literacy, apps and technology from my digital literacies course, and principles from my middle school writing course to inform how I teach writing.
Since reading goals are outlined in the IEP, I have to document student progress and use data all the time. Thanks to my courses at Peabody, I know of many reliable reading assessments I can use to get baseline data and track progress. I am also comfortable with analyzing data and using it to inform my daily teaching. Attending Peabody and receiving my M.Ed. in K–12 Reading Education was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Initially, it helped me to become a better general education ELA middle school teacher. I was able to help middle school students (some of whom were still reading at the elementary level) grow and feel more confident as readers. Later on, it was thanks to the skills, expertise, and guidance from my Peabody professors that I eventually felt confident to make the switch to special education—and I absolutely love what I do every day! I recommend the Reading Education M.Ed. program to any educator who wants to become better at what they do or who is looking to gain expertise in the field of literacy that can then lead them to other professional opportunities.