Vocational Story :
When I was just ten-years-old, my heart was stolen by Russ, a young neighbor with Down Syndrome. That same year, I read the book, The Family that Nobody Wanted by Helen Doss. At the age of ten I felt called to adopt children with disabilities. My husband and I have four children, one of whom has severe autism. Johnny taught me so much and I began to teach other parents of children with disabilities, first informally, and later as a grant funded Parent Trainer. From that position, I pursued a career as a Special Educator, teaching students with learning disabilities and ADHD. My successes teaching strategies led to a move to coordinate a learning strategies program at a university, and to teaching opportunities in Special Education and Math Education courses in their teacher education program. I love teaching special education courses at Messiah College, energized by my interactions with students both in and out of the classroom. Because my first venture into the field of special education was motivated by faith, it is exciting to now integrate faith with empowering my students to teach "the least of these" (The Holy Bible, Matthew 25:45).