Saturday, June 22, 2013

Welcome to A Special Sparkle!

Welcome to our brand new special education collaborative blog! 

We are a one-stop-shop for all of your special education needs. We currently have 13 amazing special education bloggers here to share their tips, tricks, and teaching ideas with you. Our authors include several special education teachers of all grade levels, reading specialists, speech & language pathologists, and autism experts.

On this blog you will find a wide variety of resources related to special education! In the first few posts from us, you will meet each of our tremendous authors and even pick up a few FREEBIES along the way during the first week!

My name is Lisa Parnello and I am the author of The Lower Elementary Cottage. I wanted to contribute to a great special education collaborative blog, but I couldn't find one! I decided it was time my amazing blogger friends and I created one of our own! Since I created The Lower Elementary Cottage, I have had the opportunity to "meet" amazing educators who have wonderful ideas to share! I have swapped materials, strategies, and emails with these wonderful ladies and I can honestly say they are full of wonderful knowledge and kind hearts!


A little about me... I just finished my 7th year teaching in grades K-2. I originally obtained my B.A. in Elementary Education and began teaching in a general education classroom. I quickly discovered my heart was in special education! I was the inclusion teacher for the toughest special education students from an ED (emotionally disabled) classroom and loved working with them. After 3 years, I made the switch to special education and earned my M.Ed. in Special Education. I have been teaching kids with mild-moderate disabilities for the last 4 years, with my main focus on high-functioning autism. Next week, I am changing to a new school where my main focus will be SLD (Specific Learning Disabilities) including dyslexia and ADD.

That's me in the blue on my b-day last week!

A little about me personally, I live in sunny California in the San Francisco Bay Area. I spend my summers at the beach or in wine country and spent my winters in the foggy city by the bay. I love soccer and play every Sunday.

Follow along as we start this new adventure!

Check back to see the rest of the amazing authors at A Special Sparkle!!


7 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for organizing this wonderful blog. I think it is such a great idea, as it is not out there yet! I am so excited to see what you and the ladies post and discuss on here. I am now following you on A Special Sparkle as well as everyones individual blogs, FB pages, TPT pages, pinterst, instagram and twitter! Call me your first A Special Sparkle "Groupie" :)

    The Adventures of Room 83

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    1. Love it!! We are super excited to already have groupies!! Yay!!

      Lisa (and the rest of the Sparkle authors)
      The Lower Elementary Cottage

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  2. Thanks so much for doing all this work!

    Angelia
    Extra Special Teaching

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    1. And I am SUPER excited that you're joining me in this adventure Angelia!

      Lisa
      The Lower Elementary Cottage

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  3. Hi Lisa. Greetings from the Heartland! Thank you so much for organizing this site! After 10 years in the general education classroom and 5 as a stay-at-home mom, I am re-entering the workforce this Fall as a Resource Room Specialist. I am so excited and didn't realize just how much I missed teaching! Do I have any idea what I'm doing...not.a.clue (although, that isn't entirely true as I sort of became the "go-to" teacher for the "special" kiddos that needed reg ed classroom placement over the years)! Looking forward to taking some grad level classes in Sped as I currently hold a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction. It's going to be a wild and crazy ride this Fall, but I'm looking forward to it and am so grateful to have discovered this blog!

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  4. Thanks for joining us Valerie! I think teaching is like riding a bicycle, you can hop right back on a figure it out pretty quickly! Especially as a mom, you have been teaching little munchkins without even thinking about it! We have some super fabulous authors you can snag some ideas from while you get your bearings in your new classroom.

    Lisa
    The Lower Elementary Cottage

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  5. I found this blog after reading about all the adventures in Room 83. I am a teacher of children with multiple disabilities in rural Pennsylvania. School will begin in a few weeks and I have so many new ideas that I want to create for my kiddos! Thank you for starting "A Special Sparkle". I am sure it will be successful!

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