I am an Intervention Specialist.
I have a caseload of students who have IEPs (Individual Educational Program, as conceived from IDEA--> NCLB --> PL 94-142 )
My role as an Intervention Specialist is to provide services as stated in students' IEPs and to advocate for my caseload as appropriate in the classroom. I provide direct instruction in the resource room setting "Foundations of Algebra-B" and co-teach the other half of this class "Foundations of Algebra-A" with Mr. BJ Isbrandt (check his webpage for details on his portion of this two-part course). These courses are for 9th grade IEP students. The courses meet the need for a resource room, small group setting for math instruction at an individualized pace, and also attempt to provide bridge skills that will help targeted students take Algebra Concepts/Applications during their 10th grade year.
I provide tutoring and intervention for IEP and Non-IEP students who are currently in Algebra 2A and Algebra 2B. I support students in 3 co-taught/non-block sections of Algebra Concepts and Applications. In specific cases, with approval from the RTI committee, I provide support for students in other sections of math at KFHS.
And, no, that picture up there is not really how I ACTUALLY look, I'm just checking to see if you read this far on the profile page.(LOL) I do have a sense of humor about myself, and generally hate pictures that are too serious anyway. Here's a bit about me...
I came to Dayton as a graduate of Margaretta High School, Castalia OH. A transfer student from Findlay College, I graduated from U of Dayton in 1985 with a degree in Education (licensed for 1-8 Elementary Education, K-12 Specific Learning Disabilities and Severe Behavioral Disorders). While at UD, I was a founding member (1983) of Epsilon Delta Upsilon, a professional fraternal organization of Education majors at UD.
In 2002, I graduated with a Master's in Technology in Education (UD!). As an off-shoot of the research I did for my Master's project, I started a program that still runs today known as "Study Tables". It's original purpose was to provide accountability and homework help to academically at-risk student athletes. It has now grown to serve all students of KFHS, and since the Fall of 2005 has been run by Mr. Norm Dupler (check his webpage for details).
From the fall of 2005 until Spring of 2009 I had the pleasure of advising 56 of the greatest USB students who ever lived during a whirlwind gig of 4 years as the Student Activities Coordinator. I loved every minute of it, but decided with some hesitation, that it was time for yet, a new adventure in 2010, applied and was admitted into a cohort of PhD students at UD.
In 2011, on a whim, I began taking Creative Writing classes from Katrina Kittle as part of the WordsWorthWriting Center, and, when I didn't have papers to grade, or lessons to plan, I began working in my my free time on a novel that I am still crafting today. I have a new "cohort" now; we meet twice a month at least at a local coffee shop, to review and critique each others' wriing as well as to encourage the overall exhaustive process. (We call ourselves The Plot Sisters, in case we ever get famous) Oh, and I did finally decide to withdraw from that PhD cohort in 2012, UD said I could return, but my passion is creative writing, not qualitative/quantitative research.
Ultimately, I find that the structure and syntax of mathematics actually stimulates creative thought, it is with this passion that I hope to inspire my students at KFHS!