At the end of last school year I said good bye to several students who were redistricted to Monon Trails or moving to another city. I will truly miss them. It was just yesterday that we left the building for the summer, wasn’t it? I am keenly aware that time goes faster and faster. I make a concerted effort to take each day of summer break one day at a time and breathe…relax…rejuvenate. I hope you did the same. I’m excited to have a new beginning each school year. It’s one of the only professions that allows that opportunity.
This summer I moved into a new classroom. My partner teacher, Libby Baud, and I moved into the kindergarten wing so we could have 2 bigger rooms that join. My new room number is 118. As we have grown as a special education department, sharing one room and splitting the students by grade level was no longer the most productive way to organize. We now have a great space that allows the students to freely move from one room to the next as needed. Mrs. Baud has set up an environment that will meet the sensory and social needs of many of our students. I have set up my classroom to best meet the academic needs of our students that is calming and free of clutter. Inspired while sitting on the beach in Hilton Head I couldn’t help but notice how tranquil it was and the colors of the sea inspired me. I think the kids will find my new beach themed classroom to be very inviting and a happy place to spend time.
I look forward to seeing my students who are returning and can’t wait to get to know my new students. For students who were on Mrs. Baud’s case load and are now on mine, I look forward to building those relationships. I will spend the first days and first full week of school spending time in the classrooms observing and pulling students for assessments as needed. I want my students to be in the general education classroom for those days where community building and learning the procedures are so key. The first many days of school involve looking at all the schedules in the building in order to determine pull out group times. This is quite an endeavor as it involves schedules for recess, specials, lunch, PALS, Fast Forward….you get the idea. Scheduling is difficult but it always falls in place. Mrs. Baud and I work together to schedule instructional assistants into classrooms from day 1. Their schedules are fluid initially until we work out the hot spots. The IAs work closely with us to support the students academically and socially. They help collect data and are constantly in communication with us regarding student needs.
A little about me… I taught 4 th grade for 6 years in Lawrence Township where I also served as an Assistant to the Principal for 3 years. I was a special education instructional assistant at Maple Glen for 3 years. This is my 4th year as a Resource Teacher at Maple Glen. I did my undergraduate studies at Butler University and IUPUI. Most of my graduate work was completed through Indiana Wesleyan and Purdue University. My husband, Dave, is a real estate attorney and heavily involved in Westfield’s youth sports program. My son will be a sophomore at WHS and my daughter will be a senior at WHS. We love attending baseball games and cross country meets for our kids as well as traveling.
It’s going to be a great year. I look forward to working together with you to help your child reach their goals.