Christi is one of Heartspring’s newest teachers, joining the team in the summer of 2016. She truly loves working with children with special needs and finds fulfillment in seeing the impact she can have on children and their families.
Christi’s reason for getting into education and, eventually, special education is unique. Christi is dyslexic. Growing up she didn’t have many teachers who went out of their way to help her. That began her interest in working with children with special needs. She wanted to give them the help she didn’t always have as a student.
After graduating with her bachelor’s she worked in a variety of educational settings. She was a long-term substitute teacher in a high school and she taught family and consumer science and financial planning. In these roles, she worked with children with special needs as well as the rest of the student body, but it wasn’t until she got a job in functional special education that she was able to focus on her interests and pursue a career in special education.
After this experience, Christi was ready to take her next step in special education. She applied for a number of different positions, including a teaching position at Heartspring. She had a student who went to Heartspring Pediatric Services so she knew of the organization and its mission. She appreciated the way Heartspring focuses on fostering independence.
Christi uses her creativity in her teaching. In one of her positions for kindness week, they build a “kindness wall” and wrote something kind someone had done on each block. She also looks to continually improve her teaching abilities and find new ways to help her students by attending different conference including TASN conferences and Pathways to Reading.
Christi has a bachelor’s in elementary education with an early child unified certification and a middle math endorsement. She is working on her master’s in special education. When Christi isn’t working or studying, she enjoys bowling. She even bowled in college! She also likes baking, horseback riding, volunteering and spending time with her family.