Alicia Lamacki: Transition Specialist and Special Education Teacher

Meet The Teacher: Alicia Lamacki, MSEd, LBS1.

Alicia is a Certified Learning Behavior Specialist who works with high school students with severe disabilities and is currently pursuing her Transition Specialist Certificate.

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Alicia Lamacki, Special Education Teacher Interview

 

ALICIA LAMACKI:

For my undergraduate degree, I went to Illinois State University and earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education, earning my LBS1 certificate which is Learning Behavior Specialist. And from there, throughout the entire program, we got to see different students with different varieties of disabilities, from learning disabilities to emotional disabilities to intellectual disability. And through that experience,

I found that my true passion was working when students with more severe special needs. And I also loved the high school level, because I really wanted to work with students to help them prepare for life after high school. The moment that inspired me to go into special education was when I was in high school and a friend of mine had a brother who had severe special needs. And it really just made me feel, when we would hang out with him and do different fine activities, that I always knew I wanted to help people that needed the most help.

Currently, I’m working on earning my Transition Specialists Certificate, and is a part of Special Education with a focus on students who are 18 through 22. And I am going to Illinois State University for that program. And I, basically, decided that that is truly the level of students I want to work with, and to be able to get more background knowledge on all the intricate details that need to happen in order to make those students successful once they graduate.

Deciding to Become A Special Education Teacher

Alicia knew from a fairly young age that she wanted to become a special education teacher. One of her friends in high school had a brother with severe special needs, and she loved to spend time with him. She said she wanted to make a difference by helping those who need it the most.

Working As an LBS (Learning Behavior Specialist)

As a Learning Behavior Specialist, Alicia is able to work with students who have complex and multiple needs. She can help a variety of students, including those with behavioral/emotional, learning, mental, and/or physical disabilities.

She wants to further help her current students with the transition from school life to the adult world by obtaining her Transition Specialist Certificate. She will help students with special needs reach their “daily living” goals. She will help them with everyday tasks, like doing laundry, washing the dishes, and cleaning.

Furthermore, Alicia hopes to expand her helpfulness into the community. One day, she would like to open a business that hires adults with more severe disabilities. She wants to show others that that people with disabilities are able to contribute to their community through service. 

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Alicia Lamacki, Special Education Teacher Interview

ALICIA LAMACKI:

My favorite part about teaching has to be the students. I absolutely love them.
I treat them as if they were my own. And they actually inspire me to be a better person.

I would say that the biggest challenge being a special education teacher is the amount of paper work. And that would be related to the IEPs, individualized education plans. Sometimes [it’s] a little bombarding.

It’s a little bit challenging if no one is very aware of the information provided, and we’re kind of just off to figure it out on our own. But also, as well as the goal updates and the data collection, a lot of that is very time consuming. That is probably the biggest challenge with special education.

My advice for someone who’s going into special education is to make sure that they have passion for what they do, and they truly love what they do.

Every day is going to bring challenges, but it’s also going to bring rewards. And the biggest thing is to be very thankful for the little things that happen, the really good things, and again to just love what you do.

Advice for Special Education Teachers

“My advice for someone who is going into special education is to make sure you have passion for what you do. Everyday will bring challenges but it will also bring rewards.”

Not every day is going to be easy. Things might be hectic or go wrong, but Alicia says to focus on what goes right. Be thankful for the little things. Most importantly, she says to make sure you love what you do.

Alicia Lamacki, MSEd, LBS1 shares her favorite moments, challenges and advice as a special education teacher.

“My advice for someone who is going into special education is to make sure you have passion for what you do. Everyday will bring challenges but it will also bring rewards.”