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Special Education Teacher Enhances Summer Services

Tiffany Sallee, Assistant Camp Director

A normal summer day for Tiffany Steinbacher Sallee, Assistant Camp Director at Camp Woodchuck, is filled with coordinating staff and camper scheduling, planning day-to-day activities for campers, creating schedules for activities, planning big events such as the fashion show, talent show, and art show, helping staff with ideas for working with campers, interacting with kids and staff, greeting and talking to families

“It’s not a job you get bored in,” laughed Tiffany. As a Rainbows’ Direct Support Professional, Tiffany provides both in-home and center-based services during the school year.

“I love the organizational and coordinating aspect of this job,” said Tiffany, “but my absolute favorite part is watching the amazing staff interact with campers and build incredible bonds over the duration of summer camp.”

“When I came to Wichita 6 years ago, I wanted to work at a place that positively impacted kids,” said Tiffany. “I found Rainbows and came for an interview. Meeting with the Coordinators, hearing their stories about the amazing things that happen at Camp Woodchuck, and witnessing their passion for kids made me feel immediately like I belonged here.”

Tiffany has teaching degrees/licenses in Elementary General Education (K-6), English for Speakers of Other Languages (PRK-12), High-Incidence Special Education (PRK-12), and Low-Incidence Special Education (PRK-12). She received her undergraduate degree from Baker University and graduate degree from Wichita State University.

Tiffany just finished her eighth year of teaching in public schools. For her first five years, she taught general education in 2nd and 3rd grades. She taught at Turner in inner city Kansas City, Kansas for three years before moving to the Wichita area. Tiffany then taught two years general education in Valley Center before starting her Master’s Degree in special education which she just finished up this last May. While working on her masters, she taught special education in Valley Center for three years with 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. In the past 12 years, she’s also provided home-based respite care for adults with special needs and worked other after-school and summer camp programs.

“Tiffany is a blessing to Camp Woodchuck,” said Tiffany Graf, Family Support Services Assistant Coordinator and Camp Director. “We’re so lucky to have someone with her teaching background helping with scheduling, coordinating and planning our big events.”

When she’s not working at school or Rainbows, Tiffany loves to read, do crafts & scrapbook, play with her dogs, take her therapy dog to see kiddos, and exercise. She also loves the beach! “My next adventure is in Freedom, Wisconsin where I will be teaching special education to 1st and 3rd graders,” said Tiffany. “I’ll truly miss Rainbows but I will forever cherish the last 7 summers.”