Classroom Information
Hello and welcome!  Here you will find some information about me and my classroom.

I am the learning, autistic, and emotional support teacher for Rebersburg Elementary and the sixth grade at Penns Valley Intermediate Schools.  I love my job!  I joined PVASD in January of 2013 and this is my first official teaching job. What I love about my job is the daily challenge to meet student's needs.  It's a never ending puzzle and it fascinates me!

Classroom Rules:  I like to keep my classroom rules simple.  Of course, I expect all students to follow our school-wide rules to Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Ready.  I also expect my students to also follow these classroom rules:
 1. Follow Directions
 2. Do your BEST!
 3. Treat others the way you would like to be treated. 

READ180, Sixth Grade: I teach the READ180 program to students who need extra help with reading skills.  Students practice, reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling and comprehension skills in large and small groups and various rotations. In sixth grade we cover some really fun and interesting units on identity, peer pressure, overcoming hardships and turning points, and my personal favorite, Edgar Allan Poe! This year, Mrs. Balban will be joining us for READ180!

Book It!:  In READ180, students are also encouraged to be a part of the Book-It! program.  Additional reading is expected for students to read at least 1 extra hour a month, on top of the school's expected daily 20 minutes of reading. Students earn tickets for free personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut and if they read at least 6 hours over the 6 month period, from October to March, they're invited to join me for a pizza party at the end of the program.

RAM time: I also work with students during their RAM times to help get started on homework, projects and assignments.  

Math and Reading:  I also go into classrooms during instruction in these areas to help support students in various grades, and co-teach lessons at the sixth grade level. 

Work Club: This year I will be offering a club where students can find a quiet place to work and get help on their homework or projects

Progress Monitoring: Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) see me at least once a cycle to work on their IEP goals.