Bethany Younkers is a high school special education teacher in West Philadelphia. A graduate of Kutztown University with a Bachelors of Science in Special Education and a Masters in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management from West Chester University. She has been teaching in the field of special education for the past eight years and has served a variety of youth with neurological, emotional and learning differences. Her passions lie in creating and bringing engaging real-world experiences into the classroom to inspire students and help bridge the gap of the transition process from high school to post-secondary options. Aside from teaching, Bethany is currently working with a nonprofit startup, volunteers with her church, love to hike and be outdoors but mostly enjoys eating all of the delicious food that is available in Philly. She tweets at @dotsofgratitude, Instagram: @polkadotsofgratitude. Find more blog posts on www.polkadotsofgratitude.com.
My students need flexible seating options to be given a choice in what kind of learning space works best for them, and help them to work collaboratively, communicate, and engage in critical thinking. To donate to Bethany’s fundraiser for Flexible classroom seating, click here.
Read Bethany’s Inspirational Educator interview here.
Here is a great article Bethany wrote for the McGraw-Hill Medium page. How to Get Secondary Students to Buy into Social-Emotional LearningA School Climate Story from Educator Bethany Younkers