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canistraa@gaylord.k12.mi.us

Work: (989) 731-0648 ext. 1427

Cell: (231) 420-9560

     I am currently a special education teacher at South Maple Elementary.  I am married and have two teenage sons and a beloved golden retriever.   We live on nine acres and love living out in the country.  Gardening is my favorite hobby, and running is a close second.  Over Labor Day weekend this year I ran a 5K while my sons ran a half-marathon.  Our family enjoys watching sports, especially college football and basketball.  I got my bachelor's degree at Michigan State and always cheer for the Spartans.  

     I was a general education elementary teacher  and an adult education GED instructor before getting a special education endorsement.  I have 22 years of combined teaching experience.  No matter what age I am teaching, I have a tremendous level of respect for my students and their families.  My goal is to provide my students with a high quality education while making them feel loved and respected at the same time.  

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