The primary goal of the blog is to provide valuable tips and techniques to add to your teaching. In addition, to provide the practical knowledge and resources that a teacher should obtain from a top tier credential program or continuing education program.
Dr. Richard Krejcir is an Author, Researcher, seasoned Educator, Special Education teacher and the Director of a nonprofit that does educational training in third-world countries. He is also a STEAM teacher and a father of a son with autism.
My Teaching Mission Statement:
As an “exceptional student” and STEM teacher at IEA, I pledge to reach to communicate with and motivate students to be active learners. I will help them to achieve beyond perceived barriers. I will seek to inspire and encourage students to reach beyond society’s limits. I pledge to do all that can be done to listen to parents and students and help empower them in an enriching, innovative learning environment so students can explore science, technology, engineering, art and math, and in so doing, they can thrive and be successful at learning and at life.
My Personal Teaching Purpose:
I will have a safe, encouraging classroom and be a model of ethics and maturity while having fun. I will have a positive, encouraging attitude. I will find and develop and engage successful and stimulating teaching strategies, so students will grasp at concepts and realize nothing can hold them back.
What are my Outcomes:
For me, my outcomes are simple. I want to learn how to be a better teacher and engage a class. I need to remove any bad old habits and embrace new or better old models. Most importantly, I want to be better at inspiring and connecting with exceptional students and their parents. My expectations are in that line. To learn and achieve better ways to teach special needs students effectively.
A tiny bit about me:
I hold a BA from San Jose State University and a Masters in Divinity and Cross-Cultural Communication from Fuller in Pasadena, and, a Doctorate in Philosophy from London. I have over 30 years of being a pastor, youth director, and educator. I set up tutoring centers in churches here in the US and schools overseas in India. And I just finished up renewing my SPED Teaching Credential. I have been working in public schools, a charter school, a private school and an Institute. Also, I am a part time pastor working with adults with low functioning autism at my church.
Currently, I am a STEAM and Special Education Teacher for First through Eight grade. I am also doing RSP’s (one on one with IEP goals and developing 504 for students with autism and learning disabilities. I love working with special needs students, and PBL courses too. I also teach Coding and Robotics, and an LEGO League FLL Robotics Coach. I have worked with a lot of special needs students for over thirty years and learned a thing or two to pass on.
I love learning and absorbing what other teachers are doing that works; I also love tech and using it to teach.
I also have a special needs son, 12, and work full time; thus, I may not always be active to answer questions or be frequently posting. However, I hope this blog will be an encouragement and help in your teaching journey.
Parents, I will have lots of stuff for you too, especially with understanding and working with a child with learning disabilities.
STEAM and SPED Teacher