I am a sought after disability advocate, educator and ministry developer. I have Cerebral Palsy and I use my experience to positively influence educational environments and promote inclusive practices. My education process is two fold; coaching staff and teaching students. Through my coaching program I assist teachers using 2 methods:
• understanding the importance of an inclusive learning environment and help them develop a system for modifying assignments for all different abilities.
• promoting inclusion through teaching character lessons to students.
These lessons teach the importance of positive affirmations and how to self advocate; and much more.
In addition to being a disability advocate, I have over 5 years of experience developing and implementing nonprofit programs for adolescents with physical and developmental disabilities. Much of this experience as been through a Christian organization called Young Life as one of their Capernaum directors; Capernaum is a relational ministry that introduces adolescents who have disabilities to Jesus Christ and helps the break the chains of social isolation. By serving in this role, I have started two disabilities ministries from the ground up, allowing me to gain experience in an entrepreneurial role. This has prepared me to serve others in both the religious and public sectors.
I am a graduate of George Fox University and hold a bachelors degree in Christian Ministries. I have also studied under and follow individuals such as Steve Harrison, Dan Habib, Chap Clark, Irv Brendlinger, and Allan Wich. Recently, I had an opportunity to be a participant in Dan Habib’s film documentary for the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) program through my involvement with the Portland Public School District, in Portland, OR.
I’m writing a book on the effects of a healthy support system for kids with disabilities, as well as compiling my character lesson plans into an easy-to-use guide.