Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Special Education Master of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education
Miss Laura Wren
My Education: After graduating from Hartselle High School, I immediately attended the University of Alabama where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. I later attended the University of Alabama Birmingham where I received a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Special Education.
My Experience: I am anxiously excited to start my 22nd year of my teaching career in special education. I have taught early childhood/elementary age students through high school students. It was during my years of teaching high school students in a self-contained classroom that I realized the importance of early intervention and the benefit of starting services at the earliest age possible. My love for preschool special education started from there!
- to identify each child’s strengths, preferences, and interests to engage the child in active learning
- to identify skills to target for instruction that help a child become adaptive, competent, socially connected, and engaged and that promote learning in natural and inclusive environments
- to gather and use data to inform decisions about individualized instruction
- to plan for and provide the level of support, accommodations, and adaptations needed for the child to access, participate, and learn within and across activities and routines
- to embed instruction within and across routines, activities, and environments to provide contextually relevant learning opportunities
- to use systematic instructional strategies with fidelity to teach skills and to promote child engagement and learning
- to use explicit feedback and consequences to increase child engagement and learning
- to use coaching or consultation strategies with primary caregivers or other adults to facilitate positive adult-child interactions and instruction intentionally designed to promote child learning and development