Taking the Next Step in Special Education
Kris Quick worked as a teacher for 27 years: four years at Grand Valley School in Kellerton teaching second grade and preschool/kindergarten; five years at East Union in Afton teaching kindergarten; and 18 years at Mt. Ayr Community School teaching early childhood special education and kindergarten. Since 2011, she has served as the PK-12 special education coordinator at Mt. Ayr.
She’s always been drawn to special education, she says. “You can see the light bulb go off when teaching and I feel that it is easier to make connections and have professional relationships with students when you teach in a small group setting,” she says. “I also love the data and ‘thinking’ part of special education. You analyze how students are doing, think about what you need to change, and it is ever evolving so you never get into a rut.”
At 51, though established as a teacher, a desire to work at the regional Area Education Agency lingered. When a flyer about UNI’s Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.) degree with a special education consultant emphasis showed up in her school mailbox, she inquired about the program.
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