Degrees and Certifications:
I am so excited to be working as a RESOURCE ROOM Teacher for the class of 2019! I am a (1985) graduate of Watertown High School! I began my teaching career in 1989 with Jefferson-Lewis B.O.C.E.S. in the Indian River School District. I came to Watertown City School District in the fall of 2001. This is year #30 for me teaching! WOW! I LOVE kids of all ages and thrive on the rewards and challenges at each level. My resume includes just about every population that has an IEP from Early Intervention to High School level!
Students attending my resource room program will receive supplemental instruction related to their academic courses. Students will receive support in preparing for exams and developing independent study skills. In addition students will be working on specific goals stated in their Individual Education Plans. My grading will be based on successful achievement of these individual goals. Progress reports related to these goals are issued four times a year; seperate from the regular report cards issued by academic teachers. Additionally I meet with student 1:1 weekly to counsel them on missing assignments, lower than expected quiz/test grades or other red flags of concern. (I recommend you do the same through the "parent portal"). Above and beyond that I strive to develop positive relationships with my students as I feel that it is important to have positive interactions and communication with each student and their families. If I haven't called you to introduce myself and tell you something wonderful about your child, I will! I love what I do and take pride in the success of each and every student I work with!
Senior year can be an exciting yet NERVE WRACKING time! I hope to be able to assist students and help them adjust as well as get ready to spread their wings and fly! Here's to a great year!
(a.k.a. "Mrs. V."... Who am I kidding? Most kids end up referring to me as "Mama V." because I hound them to stay caught up on their work like every good "School mom" should!)