In her youth Tabitha Pacheco knew she wanted to attend BYU because of the strong Latter-day Saint influence. She grew up in Sacramento, California, and moved to Provo to pursue her college education. Pacheco graduated with her bachelor of general studies with an emphasis in family life in 2007 and completed the McKay School’s post-baccalaureate special education licensure program in 2009.
Since graduation Pacheco has been a special education teacher and specialist in response to intervention at Noah Webster Academy. She enjoys her work environment and is especially grateful for helpful and caring co-workers. Pacheco reports, “I have truly found my passion in the world of special education.”
Pacheco found her training in the classroom valuable; however she has learned that no college class in the world can prepare teachers for the children they will encounter in their career. “I am constantly learning from each unique child and the children’s families. My BYU education has provided me with the tools and resources to tackle each new challenge.”
Pacheco’s dedication to her students has not gone unnoticed. In December she was highlighted as an outstanding teacher on ksl.com. The award recognized her accomplishment in creating a character education program designed to teach basic social skills. Many classrooms at Noah Webster Academy have since adopted this program into their curricula. Last year Pacheco was concerned about struggling students, so she started a summer school program in which students could participate. In addition, she has presented at conferences and has helped many new charter schools start special education programs. Pacheco has proven that she is not afraid of challenge and is proactive in making a difference.
Pacheco met her husband at BYU, and the two have been married for seven years. She had her first child last December and loves every moment of motherhood. With the little spare time remaining to her, Pacheco enjoys reading and doing projects around her house.
In the future, Pacheco hopes to become a national board certified teacher and to further her education to make an impact in the special education field. She also hopes to travel internationally.
May 7, 2010