K-4th Grades Exceptional Children Teacher
The seed of Valerie's passion for becoming an EC teacher can be traced back to being a respite care provider while attending college. The seed was watered as she volunteered to tutor at risk students that attended inner city Baltimore schools. Valerie was born in Indiana, where she has fond memories of life on the farm. She attended middle school, high school, and the first couple years of college in the Blue Ridge mountains of West Virginia. After becoming a military spouse, she moved to eastern coast of North Carolina.
Her husband's career provided the opportunity to engage in the adventure of living in Alaska for four years. During her time in Alaska, she volunteered for the Airman’s Attic and served as general manager. As a manager at the Airman’s Attic, she had the opportunity to meet the needs of service members' families through running a store where they could shop through donations and bring them home free of charge. When she was not volunteering or working on her college courses, she could be found hiking, fishing or camping with her family. After her husband decided not to reenlist, she had the opportunity to move to Fletcher, North Carolina with her husband and 3 children. Her deep commitment to being the change she wants to see in the world, passion for service and love of teaching lead her to FernLeaf’s doorstep!
She pursued a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Liberty University, before achieving a graduate degree in teaching special education at Western Carolina University. Her desire to broaden her horizons inspired her to obtain licensure in 4 areas: Exceptional Children: General Curriculum (K-12), Exceptional Children: Adapted Curriculum, Behaviorally and Emotionally Disabled K-12, and Elementary Education K-6. When she is not busy with teaching or hanging out with her family, she can be found with her nose in a book, crocheting, singing, camping, or traveling.