Yalda is an educator, a learning specialist, and a certified communication partner for non speaking individuals. Yalda grew up in Tehran, and moved to the United States in 2007. She discovered her passion in teaching children when she started to teach piano at a music institution in New Jersey. Yalda has two masters degrees: One in Cognitive science and language, and the other in Autism. She is New York State certified general and special education teacher, and has taught children with complex communication and sensory-motor differences in New York City public and private schools after finishing her masters degree at Columbia University.
Yalda believes that Children learn best when they feel valued, when people hold high expectations for them and when they are taught and supported well. She has worked for one of the top progressive education technology companies in the United States(Altitude Learning), using technology to best fit students' diverse needs in the classroom.
Yalda is passionate about preparing students for the future through project-based learning(PBL), and has run PBL camps in China, teaching science, math and technology to elementary school children. In addition, she is a certified spelling to communicate(STC) partner for non speaking autistic individuals through Growing Kids Therapy of Virginia, US. The goal of STC partners is to create synchrony between cognition and motor, teaching purposeful motor skills using a hierarchy of verbal and gestural prompts.
Yalda consults teachers and parents to drive meaningful change in their homes, classrooms, and schools. She hopes to create a learning environment that acknowledges and respects each child's culture and background. Thus, her approach to teaching is to design lessons that are on the premise of interdisciplinary teaching, the art of making connections between different, universally designed, subject matters. “By employing these practices, I inspire a life-long love of learning in my students.” Her paper in collaboration with Dr. Anna Gavarró of University of Autonoma de Barcelona with the title of "An investigation on the comprehension of Persian passives in typical development and autism" was published in the Catalan Journal of Linguistics in 2014.
Country: USA/ IRAN
Speaks: English, Farsi