Mrs. Kim Coffaro
108 Patterson Hall
Mrs. Kim Coffaro is a part-time Instructor at Slippery Rock University. She began her educational career right here at SRU majoring in Recreational Therapy. During her educational pursuits, Mrs. Coffaro gained valuable experience working with adults in both residential and out-patient mental health, adults in rehabilitation, and children with intellectual disabilities. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Science degree, Mrs. Coffaro began work first as a practitioner and later as the program supervisor working with older adults on a transitional care unit in a hospital setting. Throughout her professional career, she was an active member of both the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and the Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Society.
After several years working directly with clients in Therapeutic Recreation, Mrs. Coffaro chose to pursue an additional degree full time. She gained her Masters of Education degree in Secondary Guidance and Counseling and worked as a guidance counselor in both high school and junior high school settings. During these years in education, she gained ample experience in both counseling and instruction. Once she and her husband began their family, Mrs. Coffaro chose to be a full-time Mom to 3 daughters, her pride and joy.
Becoming a Mom brought a new experience to Mrs. Coffaro, one that greatly influenced her decision to become both an instructor and a strong advocate for people with disabilities. Her youngest daughter, Sophia, was diagnosed with Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy, and other medical conditions requiring many surgeries and 24-hour care. She became her daughter's voice and strives to be the the voice for other individuals with disabilities through various advocacy avenues and higher education. Mrs. Coffaro led a class video project to bring awareness to the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, she presented at the SRU President's Commission on Disability Issues Symposium, and she was even featured on the Slippery Rock University website and Facebook page for her advocacy efforts here on campus. Mrs. Coffaro is known for her passion for equal respect for individuals with disabilities.
Mrs. Coffaro is also the proud co-owner of a local pizza shop and bowling alley, Coffaro's Pizza, Inc., and writes for several blogs on topics that are important to the restaurant industry. When she is not workig, Mrs. Coffaro enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering through the Slippery Rock Area School District parent organizations, attending SRU sporting events, dancing, writing, and coloring.
Mrs. Coffaro's Inclusive Leisure Services class created this video to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the American's With Disabilities Act.