Well, hello, I'm Allie. I live in Chicago with my husband Brad (check out his website!), our rescue dogs Stella & Gracie, our very cranky cat Esther, and our rabbit Leonard (ok, he's really a class pet!).


I love teaching. It's an incredible job and I feel really blessed I found something to do with my life that I really enjoy that also greatly contributes to my community and the lives of others.

Currently, I am a special education consultant for a local non-profit, helping to build capacity for the variability among learners that teachers have in their classrooms. I love helping educators and it has been a welcomed change at this stage in my professional life. You never know where life will take you next!

What are your credentials?

I have my undergraduate degree from Illinois State University in Special Education, which in Illinois certifies me to teach Kindergarten -- Age 21 across all disability areas with the exception of students who are Deaf/HOH or Blind/Visually Impaired. My Master's degree is from The University of Illinois in Special Education which allowed to gain my credentials to be come a Multiple Disabilities Specialist. I additionally am trained in trauma informed practices and recently become a Trauma and Crisis Specialist through the American School Counselor Association.

What did you teach?

Over my 9 years in the classroom, I taught exclusively in self contained settings in Chicago and the surrounding urban areas. I have taught students with low incidence disabilities including but not limited to Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, OHI, Multiple Disabilities, and Emotional Disabilities. I found myself most passionate about serving children with Emotional disabilities, as they're often very misunderstood. Equitable behavior plans and effective classroom management became my passion projects!

What resources do you recommend to teachers who want to improve their behavior knowledge and practices?

I have an entire Amazon storefront that I have set up just to answer this very question. There are a TON of important, guiding texts for educators out there and it's hard for me to choose just one. Check out my Amazon store to see the books and related resources that I recommend to schools!

What else do you like to do?

I LOVE to read, travel, spend time with my pets, hang with my husband and be outside.


  1. Hi Allie, I came across your blog through a facebook group. I am a school psychologist and recently developed a Behavior Observation App. It might be of use in your classroom. Email me if you are interested in trying it. edpsychla.org@gmail.com


  2. Hello Allie, I bought your zones "Emotional Regulation Tool Kit" from TPT. The wording is a little different than what we use at my school. Do you have a copy of the kit using these words - Red Zone, Blue zone, yellow zone and green zone? thank you

  3. I just found your blog. I am an EBD teacher too and an so happy I finally have found some encouragement for my kind of teaching! I'll be reading every post!!!


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