ASR 3/4 School Supply List
Hello, and welcome to ASR 3/4! My name is Amy, and I am originally from Madison, WI. I graduated in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison where I received my B.A. in Psychology. I completed my M.A. in Special Education and Academic Behavioral Strategist licensure at Bethel University in May of 2020, and will be completing my second licensure in ASD this fall. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling (especially to the mountains), kayaking, watching movies, and spending time with my partner and our cat, Myrtle.
This will be my third year teaching at Spero Academy. I have previously taught in the PLS 3 and ASR 3 classrooms, and am looking forward to having the opportunity to teach a new class this upcoming year. During my time as a para, I had the opportunity to work in each of the classroom settings (Kindergarten, ASR 2, and PLS 2) and absolutely fell in love with the school and the students. Prior to joining the Spero community, I had the opportunity to work as an ABA therapist, a research assistant at the Child Emotion Lab at the Waisman Center, and as a special education paraprofessional at an elementary school in Middleton, WI. Spero Academy feels like my second home, and I am so glad to have found my place in such an accepting community that strives for personal growth for all students and staff.
I am thrilled to be teaching ASR3/4 this year! I am looking forward to creating a positive classroom environment filled with academic, social, and emotional growth. In my teaching, I focus on integrating a wide variety of instructional strategies and providing students with interactive and hands-on opportunities in order to meet the personal learning style of each student in the classroom while providing my students with the necessary supports to express themselves both functionally and academically in ways that work for them. We will also focus on emotional regulation and managing our behaviors through social emotional learning opportunities and direct instruction on calming strategies to help support our learners both in and out of the classroom. We will also work on expanding communication and student independence within daily routines as well as academics. In ASR 3/4, we place a strong emphasis on building a caring, accepting community where students are able to be authentically themselves and have their interests and differences celebrated. Through providing my students with a structured, engaging classroom, I hope to further encourage a joy of learning and provide a safe, loving environment where students can continue to grow and thrive.
Please feel free to reach out via email or Seesaw any time - I am here for you and your family, and will do everything in my power to ensure all of your needs are met. I believe open communication between families and myself plays a vital role in the success of our students, so don’t hesitate to share the positives (and the silly stories!) as well as any negatives or concerns. By forming a strong partnership and using a whole child approach, we will be able to best meet the individual needs of your student and allow them to continue to grow into the smart, strong, amazing humans that we know they are!