Special Education Teacher
Beate joins us at Mountain Phoenix as a Special Education teacher. She brings an incredible passion to helping children overcome their learning struggles and reach their full potential, along with a unique background that includes highly specialized training in both holistic and academic intervention strategies.
Beate graduated with her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Design from CCU with a thesis capstone project on educating parents of children with learning difficulties and disabilities about a variety of intervention techniques that are available for their children and how these can be applied in the most effective way to help the child flourish.
Her training includes Neuro-Motor Readiness training in education at the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP) in Chester, England, working with Sally Goddard and Peter Blythe, PhD.; Advanced Practitioner training with Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), an auditory processing remediation tool, and her CNHP; F.A.S.T., a systematic phonics based program approved by CDE (Colorado Department of Education) for the new READ act; Read Naturally, a research based reading fluency and comprehension program; Every Child a Writer, a fantastic K-12 writing program adopted in many school districts throughout Colorado; as well as a variety of Math intervention techniques.
Beate holds a B.A. in Elementary Education, has taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade as well as tutored 2nd through 10th graders and works with neuromotor readiness training and auditory remediation in private practice primarily during the summer. Her philosophy is that it is imperative as a Special Education teacher to understand the developmental background of the whole child in order to meet them where they are in the developmental process. When intervention strategies are applied in the most appropriate order, helping children is quicker, more effective and long lasting. Holistic methods alone, however, are not sufficient enough by themselves when a child has to catch up academically, and so it is also crucial to apply the most effective academic intervention strategies to help the child close the academic achievement gap they face in the classroom.
Special Education Teacher
Lin grew up in upstate New York on the Canadian border with her four brothers. Her education began in business, and she received her A.A.S. 2 year degree in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting. After working several years in the business world, Lin decided to become a teacher.
She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. Degree in Special Education. She currently has three endorsements in Special Education. Lin has worked as a Special Education resource teacher as well as a classroom teacher with children from preschool through eighth grade.
Early in her life, Lin encountered Waldorf Education at the first Waldorf school in Colorado in Greeley. She completed her Waldorf Teacher training in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. She has taught Kindergarten in private Waldorf Schools as well as in another Waldorf Charter.
Lin has developed and incorporated Waldorf therapeutic remedial work throughout her teaching career. She has an M.A. degree in Transpersonal Counseling and Education from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, post master’s course work in Dance Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and post master’s course work in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in California. This is Lin’s fifth year mentoring Lakota teachers at the Lakota Waldorf School at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. This is her second year at Mountain Phoenix Charter School.
All in all Lin has been teaching for 27 years. Waldorf education and therapeutic support for children has been her passion and her life’s work. She has a wonderful 26 year old daughter who was educated in Waldorf Schools and who graduated from Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, Colorado.