My name is Ann Bakeman, and I am the school-wide behavior support specialist. My role at Spero is to support both students and staff in engaging in positive behavior and positive behavior interventions to promote student academic, functional, and social-emotional learning. This is accomplished through the framework of an evidence-based practice known as PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). PBIS seeks to teach and reinforce positive behaviors rather than punishing non-desired behaviors. You may have seen or heard about STAR students and STAR student tickets here at Spero Academy. STAR is the framework we utilize to teach students four main positive behaviors that can be practiced in every environment throughout the school: Safe Choices, Try your best, Acceptance, and Respect and Responsibility. At Spero, we understand that all student behavior serves a function. Through the use of the STAR framework, we are able to teach positive behavior that serves the same function in order to replace negative behavior. Those positive behaviors are then reinforced, or rewarded, through the use of STAR student tickets as well as other means that are meaningful to each individual student to increase the likelihood that the positive behavior will continue.
I have been at Spero in one capacity or another (paraprofessional, music therapist, special education teacher, behavior specialist) for 15 years. I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family: my husband Adam, our two boys Jude and Jacob, and our dog Finnegan. I also love going to local sporting events, visiting new restaurants, traveling, and running.