Meet Mrs. Freitas
Hello, my name is Ember Freitas and I am the kindergarten special education teacher.
I was born in Austin, Texas but I grew up in the Greater Houston area most of my life. I married my Husband, Rockland in 2016. I have two beautiful daughters, Riley, who is a junior at Gatesville High School in Texas and my youngest daughter, Lily, is in 4rd grade here at DKIES. I also have two amazing sons, Tucker, who is in 7th grade and Hudson who is in 6th grade both at Kapolei Middle School. As a family, we like to watch movies, play games, go to the water park, and spend quality time together. We have three dogs, Nui, Teddy Bear, and Ginger. We also have three cats, Spider, Poppy, and Wasabi (although Spider lives in Texas with Riley).
I received my Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies: Autism Concentration from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA in 2016. I received my Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education from Grand Canyon University of Phoenix, AZ in 2019. I am a 2018 Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society inductee and a 2019 Delta Kappa Gamma Inductee. I hold certifications as both an Advanced Certified Autism Specialist and Board Certified Cognitive Specialist. In addition, I am the Vice-President of the Autism Society of Hawaii. I am currently working on a 2nd Masters degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders with Grand Canyon University.
I first realized my passion for education especially with exceptional learners while trying to navigate the special education system when my son was diagnosed with Autism. I saw a need for highly skilled and qualified teachers who believe that every child can learn no matter their abilities. I strive to be the teacher I would want my own children to have.
Another exciting thing in my life is that I am volunteer staff for Autism on the Seas. We provide cruise assistance to families of children with Autism so they can have the vacation of their dreams. I am an avid Disney fan and lover of The Little Mermaid. You can usually find me at Starbucks or Target... or Target with Starbucks.