KOURTNEY BARNUM

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KOURTNEY BARNUM

B.S. Varying Exceptionalities; M.A. Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Intellectual Disabilities

Kourtney’s passion for serving students with complex needs began at home at a very young age with her older sister Kristi. Kristi has Rett syndrome and is 50 years old and being Kristi's younger sister has shaped every part of Kourtney’s life as well as her teaching philosophy.

Kourtney has worked for the past 18 years for the Hillsborough County school district in Tampa, Florida, with a variety of students with complex needs. She has worked with a wide range of students including both elementary and middle school aged children. Kourtney has trained and written training curriculum on a variety of subjects for the district and has spent the last 2 years working closely with Susan Norwell at Rett University. Her strengths include helping students transition behavior into communication and implementing AAC into their everyday life in order to help them communicate and build literacy skills.

Kourtney’s passion for serving students with complex needs began at home at a very young age with her older sister Kristi. Kristi has Rett syndrome and is 50 years old and being Kristi’s younger sister has shaped every part of Kourtney’s life as well as her teaching philosophy. Growing up with her sister has given her incredible perspective in the challenges that individuals with complex needs have gaining access to communication and literacy and she has developed a strong belief that people with special needs have the capacity and the capability to communicate, read and write when given the right tools and resources to do so. She believes in high, realistic expectations for her students as well as her sister and works within her district to promote this paradigm shift. Her belief is that all students can learn and her job is to find the best way in which they can.

Events

ID Event Name Duration Start Date
Rett U Live- Jacksonville 2018! 1 Days September 22, 2018