Mrs. Jennifer Wade lives in the suburb of Lafayette, Louisiana. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and worked in the insurance industry before deciding to pursue a career in education. She later began teaching students who had mild/moderate disabilities in a private school setting, which made her realize that she really enjoyed working with students who learned in ways different than their peers. Shortly thereafter, she went back to college for her Master’s Degree in Special/Elementary Education. While taking graduate classes, she taught middle school math in a local public school, and while she enjoyed working with an older group of students on some more challenging concepts, she missed working with her special education students.
She loves working at ILA because she gets to do both - working with students who have different learning needs as well as upper elementary students. She also really enjoys working with students from across the country, because everyone brings their unique experiences, viewpoints, and cultures to the classroom. In addition to teaching a variety of grade levels and content areas from 3rd through 7th grade, Mrs. Wade has also been involved with organizations and initiatives that promote inclusion of students in special education, including SpecialQuest, which promotes inclusion, partnership, and collaboration between the families of children with disabilities and early childhood education centers, and the Autism Society.
In her free time, Mrs. Wade enjoys attending webinars/classes to learn about the latest research and resources in education, attending weekly tap/jazz dance classes, singing along to Broadway showtunes, and spending time with her 8 children.