Hello. My name is Sharon Lara and I am a Resource (SAI) teacher here at Rio Seco for grades 6th-8th. This is my fourth year working with Santee School District, however I have worked in the special education field, with all grade levels from preschool through Super Senior, for the last 26 years. I have worked with students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities. I feel very blessed to be part of such a wonderful and supportive school district, as well as a staff member here at Rio Seco.
To tell you a little about myself, I am a native to the San Diego area. I am the mother of three grown children, and the grandmother of four beautiful granddaughters, all living close by. My youngest child, and only son R.J., is 29 years old and he was born with Down syndrome. As his mother I experienced first-hand the life changes that impact the family of a child with special needs. When my son started attending public school, at the age of 3, I began volunteering in his class. I discovered my calling, to work in the field of special education, and was soon hired as an Instruction Aide.
While walking alongside my son on his educational journey I had the opportunity to see the effect special education teachers had on my son and our family. I realized that I wanted to have that same impact on other students with special needs, and their families, so I enrolled in college with the goal of becoming a special education teacher.
I graduated from National University, Summa Cum Laude, with my Masters of Science Degree in Special Education. I hold cleared Special Education Teaching Credentials in both Mild-to-Moderate and Moderate-to-Severe disabilities. In addition, I have a Bachelors Degree with minors in Behavioral Science, Humanities, and Business. My Associates Degree is in Interpreting for the Deaf.
Please know that I value communication with the parents of my students, so if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me at any time. I do check my email several times each day, so the best way to contact me is through email. However, I also have two different phone numbers available to you. My RSP-2 classroom number is 619-956-5555 (this is the best number) and my RSP-2 office number is 619-956-5557. If you call during the school day however, know that I may be unable to answer your call. If you leave me a voice message, I will return your call as soon as I am able.
Thank you for the wonderful opportunity of working with your child this school year!Myself and my amazing children: