Special Education Teacher
My name is Ally Sternat (aka Miss A), I hope to bring you many fun adventures as you learn and grow this year. I've been on several adventures in my life and one thing that I've learned is that things aren't always easy, but with the proper support and guidance you can still have a lot of fun. My goal is to be that support and guidance my students need along their journey this year. I've been a part of a school band since I was in 4th grade. I played the flute all the way through my college graduation. I chose to play with the band at my college graduation because music meant so much to me and was such a huge part of my life. Music presented me with many opportunities from being able to tour Europe through American Music Abroad, to being able to chat with John Philip Sousa's grandson. Music also allowed me to make some really great friends and gave me a sense of community. I've always loved art and consider myself to be a non-professional crafter. I have a creative mind and enjoy painting or constructing something to allow my mind to shut off and focus on something else. I took art classes when I was little but never continued with them. Even though my formal training didn't last long, I still enjoy pulling out the paints and getting lost in the world of color for a few hours every once in a while. I also like building things, like the 8' tree I made for my kitten Snickers. I love being outside and working with both children and animals. I have my undergraduate degree in Biology (Ecology). After graduating from college I have worked in many non-traditional education settings. These settings include Zoos, Environmental Centers, Camps and an Assisted Riding Barn. Two adventures that really led me to get my Masters in Special Education were the Zoo and at the Assisted Riding Barn. At the zoo, I had the opportunity to become a certified Animal Trainer and create curriculum for our special education programs. At the assisted riding barn I started off as a volunteer, I really enjoyed working with the riders and horses, which turned into a teaching opportunity for me to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a horse. All of my adventures have led me to Circle of Seasons, some were hard, some were fun and others were just interesting. I hoped you enjoyed reading a little about your tour guide this year. I'm excited to meet each of my students so I can be a part of their learning adventure.