by Dennise Goldberg – Today in the Inspirational Teacher Series we profile Sarah Stine. Sarah has been teaching since 2008 in a private independent special needs school. I hope you enjoy her profile.
1. What is your name?
2. What is your education level and credentials?
Masters level teacher with a Degree in Early Childhood Education, Reading Specialist Endorsement
3. What would you like a one-sentence description of yourself to say?
Children should have access to an education that is tailored to their individual needs- No Matter What!
4. Do you have a website?
5. How long have you been a Teacher?
6. What type of classroom do you teach (i.e. General Education, Special Day Class, etc)?
Private Independent Special Needs School
7. What Research based instruction methods do you use in your classroom for your students with a disability?
I use the Orton- Gillingham Method to teach phonics in my reading classes. I also love using Handwriting Without Tears materials with my students with Dysgraphia.
8. What other educational methods have you used that have been successful for your students with a disability?
Our school has recently created a time during the day for “Buddy Time”. This inquiry-based learning workshop provides a structured opportunity to practice social skills. During Buddy Time students work together to follow each other’s ideas and create a project based upon their area of interest. Students work on skills such as following a peer’s idea, problem solving, verbalizing and categorizing ideas, taking turns, and cooperation.
9. How do you create inclusion opportunities for your students with a disability?