Dawn Oster-Martin
     I am a Special Education teacher at Eastern Montgomery Elementary School.  Before joining the EMES family, I was a fourth grade teacher at Gilbert Linkous Elementary School for 10 years.  In addition to this, I worked as a fourth grade teacher elsewhere for 4 years and at a school for students with learning disabilities for several years as well.  Although I loved teaching fourth grade, I am excited to join the Special Education team.  
     A little background about myself...I grew up in a small farm town in New Jersey with an older sister and younger brother whom had Down Syndrome.  Due to this, I was always involved in the special needs community including organizations such as Special Olympics.  After graduating high school in 1994, I decided to attend Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.  
     I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 1998.  Upon graduating, I got a job working at a local children's home as a resident counselor. Helping the residents with their schoolwork peaked my interest in the education field which led me back to school to earn my Masters degree in Education at Hollins University.  Currently, I am pursuing a second Masters degree, but this time in Special Education from Radford University.  
     Unfortunately, I lost my brother several years ago.  Upon his passing in 2006, I began a book club for the Down Syndrome Association for individuals with intellectual disabilities which is still in operation today.  I am also involved with Katie's Place, a farm-based organization for persons with special needs that is focused on the development of life skills, as well as Challenger Baseball.  Additionally, for the past 18 years I have and continue to tutor a young woman with Down Syndrome in both reading and math.  Luckily, my involvement in the special needs community is fully supported by my wonderful husband and two step daughters who help in any way they can!

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