“Educating the mind without educating

the heart is no education at all.”



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 grade, and fifth grade.    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 Club 

We will be reading up to page 50 in Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  Students participated in a STEAM project designing, building, and modifying sleds for penguins.  Whose penguin skidded down the ramp the fastest?  What tools or modifications did they make to improve their time?  It was a fun morning of creative learning!

St. John Building Bridges Assignment

Now that we are off and running with the Time Capsule, we will start an independent study project.  See attached template to begin formulating your plan.  Submit plan to me before Easter.  I look forward to seeing your ideas.  This can be an independent or collaborative activity.  Please blog about your progress for the remainder of the school year.  I would like a post on the blog every other week.


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Genius Hour Project Plan



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Tell me about your progress. What is going well? What pitfalls have you faced? How have you overcome these challenges? How do you anticipate your project turning out?
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