Elizabeth has a B.S. in Special Education from the University Of Cincinnati and an M.A. in Deaf Education from New York University. She has 35 years of experience teaching children and adults with special needs. She worked with high school age and adult clients with physical and cognitive disabilities at United Cerebral Palsy of NYC for 5 years; at St. Joseph’s School For The Deaf with elementary school students, utilizing total communication (speaking and signing) skills to implement lessons; and then at the NYC Board of Education, working as a special education teacher for 28 years.
Elizabeth taught in the following special education programs:
- The Bronx Center For Multiply Handicapped Students, where she learned to adapt equipment, position students, and work on range of motion exercises to promote students optimum performance while working on classroom tasks
- P.S. 89, in self contained 12:1:1 K, 1st, and 2nd grade classes teaching students with mild cognitive disabilities, speech and language impairments, and emotional disabilities
- P.S.176 a school for students with Autism, working with middle school age students, developing lessons and activities to increase receptive and expressive language skills and social skills.
Elizabeth has always tried to engage and inform the parents of her students. She believes that parents are an important part of the educational planning team and are essential to implementing a comprehensive program.