I grew up in tiny Ryegate, Montana (almost dead center of the state) and graduated from Montana State University in 1982 with B.A. in English. I taught high school English in Colstrip, MT for seven years before moving to Missoula with my husband's work. After taking a twelve year hiatus from teaching to stay home with my two sons (now both grown) I was eager to return to the classroom and resume my career. A passion for literacy and a long standing interest in reading remediation brought about decision to make a career change from English to Special Education. After completing graduate work at the University of Montana I joined the staff at Frenchtown High School in 2005, and know that I made the right move. I enjoy working with students with disabilities and their parents to achieve both academic success and smooth transitions to life after high school.
General English 1 & 2/READ 180: These courses serve as the special education replacement courses for English 1 and English 2 and both focus upon building fluent reading academic and recreational reading skills. READ 180, our primary curriculum, is considered the "gold standard" for research based reading instruction for high school students who read significantly below grade level. It features teacher-led instruction through non-fiction academic reading selections, computer-based reading practice and instruction based on a student's individual reading needs, and daily opportunities for independent reading of high quality, self-selected age-appropriate literature. We have seen remarkable improvement for many of our students (as much as three years growth in a single year). Students also have frequent structured writing practice and participate in reading at least two novels per year as a whole group to enable them to experience the pleasure of shared reading experiences.
General English 3 & 4: These classes are often taught in combination on a two year rotation. The curriculum closely mirrors that of the regular education English courses for juniors and seniors and as such features grade level literature and writing experiences. Some of the literary selection students will read include The Crucible, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Fahrenheit 451, Of Mice and Men, Night, To Kill a Mockingbird, and other classic short stories and poems. Students focus upon writing multiple paragraph argumentative and informational essays and have to opportunity to prepare for standardized test such as the ACT and the ASVAB.
Learning Lab - Learning Lab is a supported study hall for students receiving special education services. Students earn 1 credit and will have assistance is staying organized, completing assignments, and studying for tests. It provided a quiet, structured environment in a small group setting.