In this podcast, Alicia Olsen will explain her journey in the teaching world. She will explain the differences and challenges from elementary to high school. She believes in relationships and demonstrates emotional intelligence to foster a connection with students. She has read many books in her quest to become a better teacher. One of the books she refers to is “The Four Tendencies” by Gretchen Rubin, which explains the 4 types of expectations.
Alicia Olsen is a cross-categorical special education teacher and case manager at James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin. She has 11 years of experience teaching at the elementary level and is currently in her first year working with high school students. Alicia is making this transition to her new role during the COVID-19 pandemic which requires her to build connections with her new colleagues and students in a virtual environment while schools are closed. Alicia lives in Madison with her husband and two-year-old daughter.