By Tamara Murga ‘16
Everybody brings something different to the table. That’s a message that has traveled from the Mount and into the classrooms taught today by Monica (Herman) Multer ’92, ’96 MS.
“Each child brings something different to the classroom and it’s up to us as educators to accommodate and make things accessible so that they can succeed,” says Multer, a special education teacher at Melvin Avenue Elementary in Reseda.
Multer was recently named one of Los Angeles Unified School District’s Teachers of the Year 2018 for her outstanding work in special education. She has been teaching kindergarten through second grade for 27 years.
Part of her dedication stems from her experience at Mount Saint Mary’s studying liberal arts as an undergraduate and later earning her master’s in science degree in education.
“The Mount gave me the tools necessary to see my gift and my talent,” says Multer, who also teaches at California Lutheran University and National University. “This enabled me to recognize the same in each of my students and to also help them see that about themselves.”
For students interested in entering the special education field, Multer says to “make sure you’re comfortable using your voice to advocate for students. Look at each student individually. Children with special needs have individual education plans and we have to make sure we are looking at each to help them meet their full potential.”