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Education

Ms. Hammerand is a highly qualified Special Education teacher. She attended public school throughout her life, culminating in graduating Magna Cum Laude from Western Illinois University with a degree in Special Education as a Learning Behavior Specialist- Type 1. She is currently certified as a Cross Categorical Special Education Certificate in the state of Arizona. Ms. Hammerand has continued developing her skill set by completing the Stuctured Teach Model training and obtaining the Registered Behavior Technician credential through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. 



Experience

Ms. Hammerand began her career as a teacher leading a high school life skills program in Casa Grande, AZ in a therapeutic day school setting. After two years, she began teaching in a variety of charter schools to further hone her skills and find a school culture that matched her vision. Ms. Hammerand has conducted Functional Behavior Assessments and led Multidisciplinary Evalation Team meetings and Individualized Education Plan meetings for several years. She continues to work with students on the Autism Spectrum in respite, habilitation, and behavior coaching to continue to build her skills.

 

This is Ms. Hammerand's 7th year teaching students with diverse needs as an Exceptional Student Services teacher. Ms. Hammerand was recognized this summer during a half-time presentation at the Phoenix Mercury game for her contributions to the students of Premier High School.



Bio

Ms. Hammerand was born and raised in the Chicago-land area. She spent her high school summers working at a summer camp for people with disabilities. As a result, she earned recognition from the president of the United States for completing over 1,000 hours of community service. Between high school and college, Ms. Hammerand spent a month in the Amazon Jungle in Peru helping communities to educate their children. Ms Hammerand then went to Western Illinois University and participated on the drumline of the marching band, the women's rugby club, and was initiated into several honors fraternities. She also worked as a team-building facilitator at the school's high-ropes course. In the summers she worked at camps as a counselor for high school campers that included participating and leading white water rafting, geocaching, orienteering, canoing, rock climbing, ziplining, rappeling, bouldering, outdoor survival/primitive skills, hiking, fishing, outdoor cooking, and camping. Ms. Hammerand enjoys being outside as often as possible, ideally helping to restore the environment by nurturing native species, clearing garbage and dilapidated structures, and clearing invasive species.