Ms. Yvette is what her students and families call her. In the Fall of 2000, she began her career as a behavior therapist in a well-known private school for children with Autism teaching a 6:3:1 classroom.
In 2004, she began teaching in the New York City Department of Education, where she opened up an inclusion site in an elementary school in Jackson Heights, New York.
Three years later she decided to take a new position teaching High School within the same Citywide Special Education District school, which serves students ages 5 to 21 who are on a range of cognitive functioning levels on the autism spectrum, are significantly emotionally challenged, have a sensory impairment, or have multiple disabilities. During her seven years teaching at the High School level, she co-taught with subject teachers and was an advisor.
She is currently an Assistant Principal of Special Education supervising two special education programs. One site she set up and started from the beginning is an elementary program in a co-located school. The other site she supervises is the Autism program in a middle school and high school self-contained stand-alone program. She oversees the ESL department for the eight schools tied to her program.
She is known for her strong belief in family engagement and her passion for multilanguage learners with special needs.
During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially with her 18-year-old son Johnny who has ASD.