My name is Karyn Smith and I teach the Opportunity 13 community based instruction transition unit. I am married with four children, two step children, three grandchidren, one dog and two cats. I began my career in special education in Stuttgart, Germany as a classroom aide. I pursued my education in various schools as my husband was transferred from base to base, including University of Maryland, European Division, Armstrong State College of Savannah, Georgia, and Edison State College. My family and I returned to Ohio in 1993 and I finished my Bachelors in Education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While attending school and raising my children I also worked as a residential caregiver for a young adult with severe behavior maladaptations. I was trained in the 'Gentle Teaching" method and have used this knowledge to help me gain understanding and empathy for students who use their behavior to communicate their needs and wants..
I have taught at Tri-Village for 22 years and have furthered my education by earning a Master's Degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. I continue to strive to stay current in the special education area and look forward to teaching students how to live their lives as happy and fully engaged adults.