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!
My newest adventure is that of Behavior Intervention Specialist in a new District and with three schools, rather than just one. My position consists of supporting teachers who need additional positive behavior intervention strategies due to the needs of a few special friends in their classrooms. Additionally, I am part of the team that will implement school wide positive behavior intervention supports (PBIS) in all elementary campuses in this district. It is an exciting new challenge and I expect to not only support, but learn from, some amazing teachers on my journey.
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