Phone: (315) 895-7461 x3104
Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: Rochester Insititute of Technology: B.S. Applied Sci. & Tech SUNY Postsdam: M.S.T Elementary Education Utica College: M.S. Special Education Certifications: Childhood Education (1-6) Students w/ Disabilities (1-6) Students w/ Disabilities (7-12)
I’m excited to start my fourth full year as the middle school 12:1:1 special education teacher at Frankfort-Schuyler. A little about myself; I grew up in and currently live in Poland, NY. I attended college at Rochester Institute of Technology and then completed masters’ degrees at SUNY Potsdam and Utica College. Previously I worked for Herkimer BOCES in their special programs department for 5 ½ years before starting here at Frankfort-Schuyler in February of 2016. Outside of school I volunteer a great deal of my time with the Scouting program, serving as a District Commissioner for all of Herkimer County and the Eastern half of Oneida County.
My goal is to help provide strategies and targeted support to my students, enabling them to achieve academic success. Additionally I will seek to be their advocate, making sure your children receive all the appropriate services they need to have successful academic careers.
I have a simple set of expectations for my students. I look for them to do the following:
-Do Your Best (No one is expected to be perfect, however it’s important that everyone gives an honest effort and work to their full potential.)
-Be Prepared (Not just by having a pencil and paper, but in attitude, they should come ready to learn.)
-Respect; yourself and others (We don’t all have to be best friends, but it’s expected that everyone act respectfully towards one another. It’s also expected that students treat themselves with respect in their language and actions.)
If students consistently meet these expectations they will have a successful year. Failure to meet these expectations is generally followed by a conference with me. Depending on the severity of the violation or after repeated violations I will seek to communicate with you any issues of concerns. Additionally, depending upon the severity of the violation an administrative referral may be needed as per the Frankfort-Schuyler code of conduct and student handbook.
Grades are done using a point system. Large assignments will utilize a rubric that will be provided prior to the due date. Because of the nature of this classroom, students may have different expectations from one another depending upon grade and ability level. Assignments that are inexcusably late will suffer point deductions. Building strong work habits is vital for success in the middle school grades. I will make available a list of assignments due from all courses in my classroom for students to reference. Students will be expected to use a planner to record and track all assignments. This planner will be checked periodically and be counted as an ELA grade.
If you have any questions for me please feel free to contact me via email at email@example.com or by calling the school at (315) 895-7461 x3104. If you would ever like to come in for a meeting I’d be happy to work around your schedule.