A note about me:
This is my 5th year teaching, my 4th year as the DLP Instructional Teacher at Brooks. We are apart of the Low-Incidence Program. I graduated from Concordia University Chicago with both Special Education and Elementary Education degrees. I currently teach a functional life skills and functional academic class while promoting communication and independence. Throughout the day we have Peer Tutors working in our room. Peer Tutors are general education students who come for one of their elective periods to be positive role models and support student learning. We call this reverse inclusion.
Outside of the classroom I am one of the Best Buddies Coordinators. Best Buddies is an international organization. At Brooks, Best Buddies is an after school program that supports students with disabilities forming and maintaining friendships with peers. We meet 2-3 times per month on Wednesdays! See the Classroom Website for more information about Best Buddies.
In addition to Best Buddies, I am also one of the coordinators for our Special Olympics Bocce Team! D97 officially became a Special Olympics Agency in the Fall of 2011! The Bocce Team is a Unified Team which consists of students with disabilities and students without disabilities. It is a Fall sport. Practices are from August to September 2 times per week, regional competitions are in mid September. We will practice again in the Spring. For a schedule and more information visit the Classroom Website.