Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Taylor Kachinsky
I attended Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Special Education (Learning Behavior Specialist), and a minor in mathematics. I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of different settings since graduating. I have taught at the Academy for Learning (behavioral school) and Alan B. Shepard High School. At Academy for Learning, I taught both Algebra 1, Math Support and Social Skills. At Alan B. Shepard High School, I taught English 2, both co-taught with the general education teacher and self-contained.
Being a Special Education teacher to me, is more than just helping students to process academics, it’s about giving them the independence to learn and interpret their surroundings in a way they can easily understand. I enjoy getting the opportunity to not only teach the academics, but also learn about my students own unique qualities. I realize that we play a much bigger role than just their educators. I strive to be someone who sees the good in my students and envision a positive future for them. Through this I hope my students are excited to come to class and see me as a teacher they can trust. However, I believe this can only happen once I build that positive relationship with them. Kids do not learn from people they do not like! It is important to me as an educator, that I share my experiences with my students, as well as providing an environment for them to feel comfortable sharing their experiences with me. Teaching is not just a job, it’s an opportunity for me to shape the lives of young people and give them the tools to succeed.