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by Nicole Chiarello

Nicole Chiarello is working toward National Board Certification as an Early Childhood through Young Adulthood Exceptional Needs Specialist.

September 8, 2003

I decided to e-mail our district's special education director my question about what might be a good publication for me to subscribe to. I also had set up an appointment to meet with another special education teacher who had received her National Board Certification last year. I was very excited when the director showed up at my summer school program the day after he received my e-mail. He told me about a bunch of magazines that are available, but he personally recommended The Council for Exceptional Children. I was familiar with this publication because my boyfriend, who is also a special education teacher, subscribed to it last year. What I wasn't aware of was that there are subcommittees within the publication that you can join. He thought that there was one for behaviors and learning disabilities. This was exactly the information I was looking for. I know the subscription cost about $85 a year, but I don't know if the subcommittees cost extra money. I will definitely be looking into subscribing to this, because I believe it will be helpful to me when I have to study for the assessment center.

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Meet Nicole Chiarello

Nicole Chiarello received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University at Buffalo, of the State University of New York, in May 1994 and her master's degree in special education, learning and behavior disorders from Buffalo State College in December 1996. For the remainder of the 1996-1997 academic year, Nicole worked as an inclusion teacher at Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School in Sanborn, N.Y. For the past six years, she has taught a district-wide special education program for three-to-five students with emotional and behavioral concerns at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island. Nicole was named Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2000. She is currently serving on a district team focusing on social, emotional, and behavioral concerns in the classroom.

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