“Educating the mind without educating
the heart is no education at all.”
After filling in for fourth grade from September to December this school year, I am happily back to my position as a Learning Specialist. I look forward facilitating small groups for students of need.
For nearly twenty years, I have worked as a special education teacher as well as classroom teacher. At St. John School I have taught kindergarten, third, fourth, and fifth grades. I am now taking on the role of a Learning Specialist on the Student Support Team. I will be working on teaching fundamental reading and writing skills to fourth through eighth graders. The delivery model of services will range from working alongside the classroom teacher to pulling kids out and working in small groups for individualized instruction. Students will be monitored for progress over the course of year. As assessment data is gathered, the best model for instruction will be achieved and students will grow! I am a firm believer in empowering students to believe in themselves and their gifts from God.
In addition to helping students with their reading and writing needs, we have added another layer to my position. I will provide weekly enrichment opportunities in a multi-age classroom. Students will work cooperatively to solve problems by thinking critically and creatively. Every child, including students with advanced achievement, need to be taught and challenged at their appropriate level of ability in order to reach their greatest potential! I look forward to delivering that challenge to many of our St. John students through this new enrichment program.
St. John Book Clubs
Each Friday, I work with a small group of students in grades K-5. I provide enrichment activities to extend learning for students who are working beyond grade level in many areas.