I am the only special education teacher at Crestview Elementary School. This will be my 9th year as a special education teacher, however I have been an educator for over 28 years. I have also been a Reading Recovery teacher, a reading specialist, a literacy coach, and an assistant principal. I have a masters degree in education, as well as post graduate endorsements in Reading, Advanced Reading, English as a Second Language, and Administration.
This is my third year at Crestview. I am very excited to be here and I look forward to meeting you and teaching your child this year!
Class Desription/Goals & Objectives
My goal is to help support academic growth in areas of need as indicated on your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP). To achieve this, I will provide core instruction on your child's grade level, as well as specific interventions based on individual need. This will take place in the regular education classroom or in my resource room. I follow the Utah Core Curriculum which outlines standards of learning that are essential for all students at each elementary grade level. The curriculum includes ideas, concepts, and skills to provide a foundation on which subsequent learning may be built. The curriculum for each grade level can be accessed on the Utah State Office of Education website at: http://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/core.
While working in any setting, my expectation is that every student follows Crestview's school-wide rules and behavior policy. These are: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. I have also added the expectation to Be Productive. Students in the inclusion model will receive small incentives, such as stickers. Students who come to the resource classroom will earn "brag tags" for having exceptional behavior and passing academic milestones. They will share these with you at SEP conferences. Attendance is essential in order to make academic progress. Your child should come on-time, prepared, and ready to learn!
In additon to using general education materials, such as Wonders and Go Math, I also use other research-based methods and materials to support student learning. These may include, but are not limited to: Imagine It/Read Naturally/I Can Read Phonics Stories, Read Naturally, and Wonder Works.
I will assess your child at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year to determine specific needs and growth in math and reading. I will also conduct bi-monthly assessments (1 minute running records/DIBELS) to track progress in reading and use daily assessments (short exit tickets) or EasyCBM (as needed) to track progress in math. Students will also be evaluated on their individual progress using several different measures such as standardized tests, RICE summative tests, informal reading inventories, running records, classroom observations, and daily assignments. This information will be reported to you in progress reports as it relates to your child's Individual Education Program (IEP) goals at the end of each scheduled grading period and in any IEP or Re-evaluation meeting. Every child has an IEP which states the student's specific goals and the instructional time required in the areas of academics and/or behavior. I will meet with you annually to review these goals and discuss your child's progress. You can access your child's classroom grades on-line through the parent portal of PowerSchool.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time. I will be happy to talk with you so that we can find ways to provide effective support and help your child be successful.