Teacher Tuesday's: Introducing, THE S.A.I.L.O.R TEAM!


Fabulous Working Females Presents:

TEACHER TUESDAY'S!




INTRODUCING:

THE S.A.I.L.O,R TEAM!


Kiley Cole: Behavior Analyst

Christina Feal: Special Educator

Casey Howe-Kulikowsky: Speech Language Pathologist

Dianna Palmisano: Physical Therapist

Jessica VanValkenburg: Occupational Therapist

Lauren Belles: Special Educator

Ramona: Therapy Dog


The S.A.I.L.O.R Team is a FABULOUS team of special educators and related service providers from multiple domains. The S.A I.L.O.R team works collaboratively with students ages 13-21 to promote functional academics, independence, job readiness, and daily living skills. Our main goal is to provide optimal education with holistic approach to learning.


Fabulous Working Female's in every way, the S.A.I.L.O.R team inspires all with their passion, kindness, and the impact they have on their student's lives on a daily basis.


Read more for our interviews with each S.A.I.L.O.R team member below, and SUPPORT THEIR AMAZON CLASSROOM WISHLIST HERE!



INTRODUCING:

KILEY COLE!



Tell us about yourself!


My name is Kiley Cole and I am a district wide Behavior Analyst and a Special Education teacher working with students grades 9-12, teaching Job Skills.


What inspired you to become a teacher?


For as long as I can remember, I have always worked with individuals with special needs through various volunteer groups, and it has always been a passion of mine to help others. I started my career in education during my undergrad, as a volunteer art teacher at a private school in Westchester. While I was there I completely fell in love with the students and I knew I needed to further my education with a focus in Special Education. After completing my Masters Degree in Education and working my way up from a 1:1 aide, all the way to a Supervising Teacher, I then completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis and became a NYS Licensed/Board Certified Behavior Analyst.




What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?


The best part about working in the field of education is seeing the growth in your students. One of our best accomplishments as a team has been the creation of a successful School Based Enterprise, where our students learn the necessary skills to run a dog treat business. Teaching and watching our students grow and mature during this process has been truly rewarding. Throughout my career thus far, I have had so many amazing opportunities to work with students and their families to build upon vital skills that will continue to have an impact in their lives for years to come.


Can you describe what makes you feel FABULOUS when teaching/being a teacher?


When I am teaching, I feel most fabulous when I am surrounded by my amazing team of ladies, doing what we do best! We continue to push each other to greatness, while creating the best environment for our students. Without these fabulous, brilliant women by my side, I don’t know how I’d survive! I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us!


INTRODUCING:

CHRISTINA FEAL!



Tell us about yourself!


My name is Christina Feal and I teach in a Life Skills Special Education class which consists of students grades 9-12.



What inspired you to become a teacher?


I’ve always had amazing influential teachers and wanted to do that for someone else, but I was inspired to be a special educator by a student I met while I was a TA. I still carry her picture with me and she is now 30!



What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?

My absolute favorite thing about being a teacher is seeing how happy and excited kids get when they learn a skill.







Can you describe what makes you feel FABULOUS when teaching/being a teacher?


When I am teaching, I feel most fabulous when I see all those smiles! Typically, when I’m teaching, I am also usually engaging in some silly antics, when those kids crack a smile or even engage in something silly with me - it means everything to me. Our goal is to have our classroom be a safe space and when I see that I know we have succeeded



INTRODUCING:

CASEY HOWE-KULIKOWSKY!



Tell us about yourself!


My name is Casey Howe-Kulikowsky, I am a speech language pathologist. I work with the 14-21 population mainly focusing on functional skills including job and life skills. I also work on the assistive technology team within my district. I never had an epiphany about becoming a speech therapist.


What inspired you to become a teacher?


I remember being in undergrad and people had these crazy stories about why they chose this profession. I felt like I needed that story, but now that I’ve gone through it I know I don’t. I thought about becoming a doctor but that’s way too much and I want to enjoy life and not be in school forever. I’m a very observant person and my mom suggested this job for me when I was in high school. My sister saw a speech therapist and it really helped her when she was younger. I knew I wanted to go into a caring/helping profession because that’s just my personality. I took intro courses and it was so interesting and really combined the two things I love, helping and science. It’s the best of both worlds.


What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?


I think my favorite thing is seeing the changes and progress in my students. I like to see results and to see what I’m doing actually helps. I work in a collaborative program and we all work on everything all the time. Without the group of teachers and therapists I work with, our kids would never make the gains they have.


Can you describe what makes you feel FABULOUS when teaching/being a teacher?


I feel most fabulous when working with my team in our collaborative group laughing with each other and the kids. Nothing beats having fun while at work!



INTRODUCING:

DIANNA PALMISANO!




Tell us about yourself!


My name is Dianna Palmisano and I have been the physical therapist for the Hendrick Hudson School District since 2003. I work with students in all 3 elementary schools, the middle school and the high school.


What inspired you to become a teacher?


While I was at SUNY Albany, I volunteered at Albany Medical Center in the rehabilitation department which is where I decided to pursue a career in physical therapy. I have been working in this field since 1997 primarily with the pediatric population.



What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?


The best part of my job is watching a student achieve their goals, perform activities that they weren’t able to do before, promote improved confidence and improved independence.


Can you describe what makes you feel FABULOUS when teaching/being a teacher?


I am fortunate to work with a great team of teachers and other related services providers who go above and beyond to ensure each individual student’s success.




INTRODUCING:

JESSICA VANVALKENBURG!


Tell us about yourself!


My name is Jessica VanValkenburg, I am the occupational therapist on the SAILOR team at the high school. I have been working for Hendrick Hudson School District for seven years and as an occupational therapist for 16 years.


What inspired you to become a teacher?



I was inspired to become an occupational therapist from my mother who is also an occupational therapist. I saw her impact on the community and people that she was treating.


What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?


My favorite thing about being an occupational therapist in the school district is seeing the success of my students and improving theIr quality of life and maximizing their independence.


Can you describe what makes you feel FABULOUS when teaching/being a teacher?


The most amazing part of my job is the collaboration that I have with the teachers, behaviorist, speech therapist, and physical therapist within the program. Having this collaboration greatly impacts our students ability to maximize their function throughout their school and community experiences.


INTRODUCING:

LAUREN BELLES!

Tell us about yourself!


My name is Lauren Belles, I teach 18-21 year old students with disabilities.


What inspired you to become a teacher?

It has always been my goal to become a teacher. I started volunteering in special education classrooms when I was in 5th grade, teaching was always something I loved to do.