Friday, December 20, 2013

The week of December 23, 2013

This is a special time of year.  Whether you celebrate on of the season's "Big Three", Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, or just look forward to a holiday vacation, this is a great time to celebrate the things that are special to you.

As I thought about my blog entry, I thought "What is special about Special ED?"  In the spirit of this season the things that are most special to me are the dedicated people who make up the team here at CCS.

First of all are my hard working, creative, and flexible paraprofessionals.  Sarah Watson and Pat Masi ably handle the support needs of our middle school students, both in the classroom and the resource room.  Tricia Collins supports me carrying out the variety of services for the K-5 students.  This includes interventions in phonics, spelling, reading, and math.  These women are an invaluable resource for me and for the students.  They are dedicated, caring, and attuned to the needs of each of our charges.

Jandi Hanna is the Speech and Language Pathologist here at CCS.  Although she works here part time she is able to attend to the needs of children who require intervention in speech sounds or language development.

Karen Lindstrom has stepped into the school psychologist role and is able to provide students with counseling and conducts assessment when needed.  Her expertise in behavior management is always beneficial in helping all students succeed at CCS.

Ginni Block and Angie Coleman are the Physical and Occupational Therapists who consult with our team for students with motor concerns.  The positive effects of their suggestions are seen from the playground, to the gym, and into the classroom.

Finally, Martha Schwaikert, Supervisor of Special Education, provides our school based team with support and advice that keeps us working together for the benefit of all CCS students.

I hope everyone finds reasons to celebrate during this special season and looks forward to the promise of the future in 2014!

Happy New Year to all,

Elizabeth Clarke
Resource Teacher

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