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Illinois State University
TBI and Education
Kelly Stockman is a seventh year special education teacher.She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago.She attended Illinois State University where she earned her BS in Special Education.Her certification is in the area of Learning Disabilities and Behavioral/Emotional Disabilities.Her first teaching job was in Kankakee, IL at the high school for a behavior disordered, self-contained class.That first year of teaching proved to be quite a challenge with a class size of 22.Many students in that class had moderate to severe behavior problems stemming from drugs, gangs or crime.This experience Kelly describes as her Dangerous Minds years.Two years later, Kelly decided to seize an opportunity in Downers Grove, IL.She accecpted a lead teaching position at Premier Rehabilitation Center of Chicago.Her job was to set up a school program to service children, adolescents and young adults who are recovering from a traumatic brain injury.Kelly qualified with strong skills in behavior management as well as flexibility and creativity with adapting lessons to meet the individual needs of her students.Kelly's vision is to be a pioneer in the area of developing strategies, interventions and curriculum for students with traumatic brain injury.Working in a Rehab. setting allowed Kelly to learn first hand all that is involved in rehabilitation following discharge from the hospital.She was an active team member who worked with the OT, PT, Speech/Language Therapist, Vocational Counselor, Clinical Director and Neuropsychologist.Kelly did successfully set up a school program that was approved by the State Board of Ed.She primarily worked with high school students from area schools who could not meet the educational needs of that student in the least restrictive environment.The class size was small which allowed for highly individualized and highly structured lessons.She worked with students who had deficits in memory, problems with behavior, impulsivity, personality change, poor executive functions which includes time management and organization, lowered math and/or reading ability and other deficit areas.Her favorite success story involves a college senior who in his last year of school, rode his mountain bike without a helmet and had flipped over the handlebars with his head hitting a large rock.He was in a coma for weeks.The doctors be not sure he would survive.He came out of the coma and spent a grueling time learning to eat, walk and talk all over again.When Kelly started to teach him, he could not read the words and nor the.After consistent practice, concentration and memory exercises over a 5 month period, he was reading Literature out of a high school text book.He was not able to graduate college but he did return to school at the community college level.Because of competition with such major Rehab. programs as University of Chicago, Rehab Institute of Chicago, Schwab and others, Premier was not successful in marketing its school program.Kelly moved on after 2 years to work as a Clinical Instructor on an adolescent psychiatric unit at a small, area hospital.Her vision did not die.She met up with a teacher who taught at another Rehab. center called Marionjoy.Together they talked about dreams to open up their own school to service students with special needs, particularly those with traumatic brain injury.Today, Kelly is back in the public high school setting in Raleigh, NC.She is teaching another self-contained behavioral & emotionally disabled class.Still interested in brain injury and education, she will now author a site with articles for students and parents who have concerns about education.Kelly plans to return to school for an advanced degree, however, she is undecided as to what because she is interested in neuropsychology and medicine as well as education.pretty mailboxEmail KellyA shiny apple for teacherReturn to the Tree of Knowledge
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