Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Education of Exceptional Persons
Mrs. Teresa Kociola
Hello! I am currently the Autistic Support and Emotional Support Teacher at the Berlin Brothersvalley School District. I service students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Each year brings a new learning experience for me. As much as I am a teacher, my students are my teachers as well.
I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education K-12 in 1990. (I know, that’s a long time ago!) Prior to teaching at Berlin, I was an Early Intervention teacher employed by IU08. I have been with the district for almost 28 years and I have loved every year! During that time, I have held a variety of Learning Support positions working with children in grades kindergarten to ninth grade. I began as a Learning Support teacher in the elementary and during that time I was certified as a Reading Recovery teacher and trained as a Slingerland Reading instructor.
I have been an Autistic Support teacher since 2006 and the Emotional Support Teacher since 2016. I have attended many workshops and conferences dedicated to improving the educational experience for students on the autism spectrum as well as students with behavioral needs.
My passion is working with children with disabilities and having the opportunity to profoundly impact the lives of children. Research indicates that teacher quality is the most important factor in students’ academic success. And there is tremendous satisfaction in watching a child discover new learning whether it an academic skill or how to deal with daily problems.
… and remember as Henry Ford said, “Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”
My Life Rules:
Always be kind to each other.
When others are talking, you should be listening and think about what they are saying.
When there is learning going on, you should remain where you are so that you don't miss out.
All students are to respect each other
If you do not understand, ASK!!! I will always try to help you.
But most of all…
You are responsible for you!
You are always responsible for how you ACT, no matter how you feel.