1. What is your first name? Please use your preferred name, nick name, etc. Do you have preferred pronouns?
Hi I’m Victoria but I go by Tori. My pronouns are she/they :).
2. Where are you from?
I’m from Mantua, Ohio currently. But I’ve also lived in Texas, Virginia, Maryland, and Wisconsin.
3. What are you into; what makes you special? Share a few “unique” aspects about yourself that would help our classroom community get to know you a bit. Are you on an athletic team? Sing in the choir? Are you trying out for a play? Painting? What are you planning on doing this semester in your life that is noteworthy?
I currently work at Monarch Center for Autism, which is literally next door! I also love to craft, play video games and bake. I’m also rewriting one of my papers to be able to be published in an academic journal.
Learning Style and more:
4. Being as specific as you can, what must be in place for you to feel comfortable taking intellectual and creative risks in a course?
I think what must be in place is just a sense of acceptance, like we all know each other ticks differently and judgement is held.
What have you been reading?
5. I want to know what matters most to you about education. To this end, please share with the class an essay that is essential to your interests/concerns as a preservice teacher. (Include the reference to the essay [chapter, article, website] and a few sentences about its significance to you).
Beghin, H., 2021. The Benefits of Inclusion for Students on the Autism Spectrum. BU Journal of Graduate Studies in Education, [online] 13(2), pp.12-16. Available at: <https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1304391>.
This is significant to me as one, a person with Autism theirself and also as a current teacher of kids with Autism. I want ny classroom to be inclusive and welcoming to all.
About Dr. Shutkin:
6. Write down a question or two that you would like to ask about me or the class.
Would you ever think of getting another cat?
Will we talk about AAC even a little or no?