I am the integrated services provider at Centennial High School. My responsibilities include supporting students who receive special education services as well as writing and making sure their IEPs are being honored. This is done by ongoing communication between the student, staff, and parents/guardians which in return enables the student to have a successful academic career at Centennial.
CHS is an alternative setting that offers smaller class sizes with high support. Because of this, special education services at CHS differ from the traditional high school. Resource level services are available in the form of a Study Skills class and inclusion settings. The study skills class reinforces skills taught in Discovery as well as skills needed to be successful in the academic and work setting. Time is set aside each day for independent work.
In addition I teach Geometry and Algebra which are both in the general education setting. Both classes have a lower student-teacher ratio which ensures a higher level of communication and checks for understanding in a small classroom environment.
This is my second year at Centennial High School and eighteenth year teaching total.
Centnennial is my dream job! I love coming to school each day and interracting with the students while watching them learn to enjoy school again. Centennial's philosophy matches my own. The transformation of students from their first day in Discovery to Stairway is remarkable. That said, I'm proud to be part of the CHS community.
Outside of spending time with my Centennial family, I relish the time spent with my husband, children, and two dogs. My hobbies include running, playing the piano, reading, and hiking.
The one piece of advice I give my students is, "BELIEVE IN YOURSELF". Do this by setting the bar high, taking the time to recognize and learn from your mistakes, and try again. Look at mistakes as just that- a mistake. The mistake itself does not define your character. How you respond- does. That said, believe that you can do something and do not give up despite how many times it may take for you to accomplish your goal.
My goal is for my students to feel safe while instilling a sense of confidence in themselves. I want my students to see their potential and all that they have to offer not only to the classroom but to society as well. This is done by a structured yet relaxed classroom environment that allows for open and respectful communication between everyone involved.