Meet Mrs. Hardisty
My name is Rhonda Crowdis Hardisty. I have taught since 2006. The first three years were in High School General Education teaching Family Consumer Science classes including Interior Design, Housing, Apparel, Individual & Family Living, Personal & Family Development, Child Development, and Diversified Career Prep. At times I taught 5 of these classes during each school day. It was a lot of fun and I really miss being a light in the lives of those students who really needed someone to care about what was going on in their lives beyond their immediate need for education.
Next, I taught three years in a self-contained High School Life Skills Medically Fragile classroom where the students needed personal care as well as educational support. I learned a lot about students with special needs and developed a desire to learn more about various aspects of disabilities, especially students with behavioral disorders caused by neurological deficits and Autism Spectrum Disorders. So, I went back to school in 2011 and obtained a Graduate Academic Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis which could lead to licensure as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst if I ever find the time, money, and right fit to complete hours under the supervision of a BCBA.
So, the obvious next step was to take on teaching a classroom for students with Autism Spectrum disorders or others who would benefit from a Structured Teaching and Alternative Communication Classroom (STACC). A few weeks before school started in the summer of 2012, I accepted a position as a STACC teacher in an elementary classroom. One day I will find time to write about the culture shock of this drastic move and how it has affected my life in many ways! For now, I hope you enjoy what I have shared and what I plan to share in the future. I am looking forward to this venture in to the world of teacher bloggers!