Hello! My name is Alyssa Blake. I am so excited to be Rickman Elementary School Grades 4th-6th SPED teacher! In May 2020, I graduated from Seton Hill University with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hill University in Early Elementary Education (PreK-4) and in Special Education (PreK-8). In addition to my undergrad, I have also obtained my Master’s Degree in Special Education. Amongst my time at Seton Hill, I have had wonderful opportunities to observe and co-teach with multiple educators. I have also been blessed with numerous experiences to teach diverse groups of students. As a result, I have observed and developed highly effective teaching techniques and instructional methods, which will guide me in educating all types of learners in diverse situations and settings.
Within my career, I have volunteered at Clairview Supportive School; I have worked with English Language Learners in the Hempfield Area; I have student taught under Mrs. Martha Freese at Center Elementary School, in her Third Grade Classroom; I taught under Mrs. Katie Datz at Penn Middle, in her Learning Support Classroom, grades Sixth-Eighth; and have taught Fourth Grade students in a virtual and inclusive setting at Gibson Elementary School. During these in-service experiences, I particularly enjoyed working with students on the spectrum. I believe this showcases my greatest strength, which is meeting the needs of each unique learner. I am able to achieve this by assessing students as individuals and making accommodations for each learner to thrive in my classroom.
With experience working with assorted grade levels, as well as in various activities outside of the traditional classroom, it is my goal to combine my range of collegiate knowledge and personal experiences, with my ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic teacher who will make a positive contribution to your school community. My optimal goal is to make students excited and eager to learn!