Degrees and Certifications:
Graduate of the International Baccalaureate Program, Vanguard High School - Class of 2002 Bachelor's of Health Science, University of Florida - Class of 2006 Current Educational Certifications: Elementary Education K-6 Middle Grades Integrated 5-9 ESE K-12 Health K-12 Current Educational Endorsements: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Reading English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Ms. Katie Rice
Although my early childhood was spent in rural northern Illinois, I've been an Ocala resident for most of my life! My experiences as a student attending Shady Hill Elementary, Belleview Middle School, and Vanguard High School (VHS) helped shape my view of education and the influence that teachers can have on their students. After graduating from VHS's International Baccalaureate program, I chose to remain in Florida for my college education. Although I had always considered education as a career, I had a passion for health and wanted to pursue courses with that focus.
In 2006, I graduated from UF with a Bachelor's of Health Science degree. Shortly after graduating, I began working at a local alternative school for students with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities and other exceptionalities. Working at that school blended my passion for health and helping people in my community with my respect for education and the role that a teacher can have in a student's life. In order to pursue my teaching certification, I enrolled and graduated from the College of Central Florida's Educator Preparation Institute (EPI).
My first four years as a teacher were spent at that alternative school, where I taught English/Language Arts, Intensive Reading, and Science to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. I then moved on to work with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities at a local elementary school. At the end of the 2016 - 2017 school year, I was honored to be offered a position as an Intensive Support Facilitator at Osceola Middle School (OMS).
Being an ESE inclusion teacher in general education classrooms at OMS has allowed me to gain more experience working with a very diverse group of students, ensuring that their academic and behavioral needs are being met in a traditional classroom setting. I appreciate all of the experience that I have gained this year working with my students and look forward to not only teaching them, but learning from them, every day!