My name is Olivia Orth and I am an Intensive Needs teacher at Soldotna High School. I have a wonderful group of students who encourage and push me every day to become a better teacher. I feel so blessed to work at such a wonderful and inclusive school that is both supportive and uplifting to their staff and students. I have been fortunate to partner with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation as the project manager for the KPBSD Summer Work Program. Our program partners with local businesses to help KPBSD students with disabilities receive supported work experience and vocational skills they need to become successful employees! I moved to Alaska from the Adirondack Mountains of New York in 2017, and continue to fall in love with Alaska every day. I graduated from Westminster College with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education, but did not really fall in love with teaching individuals with disabilities until I taught at Special Hope Network in Lusaka, Zambia. When I am not at work, I love to spend time with my new puppy, Sophie, traveling to new places and countries, hiking, sewing, taking photos, and spending time with my wonderful friends.
PL Strategy to share:
I have been focusing on strengthening vocational opportunities for individuals with disabilities, using purposeful and supportive language in the classroom, and expanding my knowledge of assessments both in person and in a remote setting.
Current Driving Question:
What are some things that prevent individuals with disabilities from being successful in a work environment?