Welcome to Mrs. Gerard's website! I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. I have fourteen years of teaching experience in Special Education. I also taught preschool for seven years at Madison United Methodist Church. I have taught in Illinois, Ohio and Mississippi and I have taught every grade level from preschool through 12th grade. My husband Alan is a meteorologist and we have two children, ages 22 and 18. Both of my children attended MAE and I love being a teacher in the community in which I live. My hobbies include reading, travel and the internet. I am on the Safety Team at MAE, March of Dimes Coordinator, Madison Literacy Council Building Rep, and I coordinate Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness and Support for our school every April. I love my job and believe that I learn as much from my students as they learn from me. I have received classroom grants from Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society and Nissan. I currently participate with Mrs. Hall in an arts grant for special education classes through the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. I am also working on my masters degree in special education with a focus in autism.