ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- My wife is a teacher for the Special School District employed in the Rockwood School District working at the alternative high school for Rockwood. She is the only special education teacher for the whole school. I see her daily taking on things that regular classroom teachers do not. Individualized Educational Plans (IEP's) need to be coordinated with all a student’s teachers, administrators, most often parents, unless a student is 18, and then do this for each student that requires and IEP. Then once this meeting takes place paperwork. Which is generally done on her own time. A plan period for a special education teacher does not mean you can lock yourself behind your room door and ignore the students for an hour to work on these.
Students require assistance during their time in their regular class and she must accommodate these needs. She must know what accommodations are required for each and every student on her case load. Whether it be orally administering test material, allowing extra time to complete work or removing students from class during stressful times. She must also monitor the classroom teachers to make sure accommodations are being met. And quite often she needs to be available for students after their regular school day is over to offer additional help. And being an assigned teacher to a school by Special School District it is sometimes difficult assimilating into feeling part of the regular school staff but she does this with class and concern for everyone. From what I see, her students truly appreciate her.
Living in the district she teaches in we often see students outside of school or after they have graduated and they all seem to genuinely like her.
Kathy received $500.00 from Weber Chevrolet (www.weberchevrolet.com).
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