What a summer it has been! I've had a lot going on both personally and professionaly. Most notably, it has been determined that I am changing positions in my district. I will be transferring to one of our four High Schools to help revamp the program to increase student success! I get the opportunity to create a new program that incorporates our students with severe Autism and significant behaviors in with our Life Skills students. Our focus is on really matching activities to transition planning and ensuring we have post-secondary placements ready when students graduate!
I am super excited. I am teaming up with another teacher that I've worked with in previous years and seen a lot of success. We are splitting subjects (I will be ELA/SS, he will take Math/Sci) and then will share the load with vocational, daily living, etc. We were allowed to hand pick our paraprofessionals and have put together a "dream team".
It is a big change for me. I have been a Middle School teacher for 14 of my 16 years teaching! I LOVE middle schoolers. High school is a rather daunting age to me. I feel a significant pressure to ensure student success. High school is the end of their public education, which means we have a lot of work to do!
Anyway, just wanted to share. If you have any advice, favorite high school blogs, etc, please share! I can't wait to see what this year holds!