Teaching Philosophy: I strive to move my students from a place of inclusivity to belonging. While children can always be present in their classroom, my goal is to ensure they have a presence, through coteaching and collaboration. “If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” Ignacio Estrada
Bio: Chelsea is a Special Education Teacher, currently teaching in Northbrook, IL. A native Arizonan, she was born and raised in Scottsdale, AZ, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech & Hearing Science from Arizona State University. Later, she continued her education to receive her Master’s Degree in Special Education.
Initially, Chelsea taught at a wonderfully inclusive school in South Phoenix, AZ, which left a lasting impression on her. The school embraced Expeditionary Learning, where students were constantly involved in service projects, such as caring for animals on school grounds as well as maintaining a nearby garden and orchard. It was amazing to experience the sense of community created at this school and this is something she strives to create within her classroom as well.
Most recently, Chelsea continued her teaching career by joining Meadowbrook and Greenbriar Elementary Schools in 2013, located in Northbrook, IL. After dividing her time between the two schools for one year, she accepted a full-time position at Meadowbrook, where she is currently a Resource teacher, teaching grades 3-5.
Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University in Speech & Hearing Science (Summa Cum Laude)
Master's Degree in Special Education (Magna Cum Laude)
License & Endorsements:
IL Professional Educator License in Special Education #1871763
Learning and Behavioral Specialist I
"Think with your heart...it's where the music lives." -David Arnold, from Kids of Appetite