Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Pete Kahn
Role at Busch
Now starting my fifth year of teaching at Busch Middle School of Character, I enjoy working with my students, their parents, and my professional colleagues to ensure that all our learners have the opportunity for academic success. When I can get to it, I also work in the school's garden (officially the George Washington Carver Exploratory Garden).
For a brief sketch about me, I previously taught Special Education (Math and Science) in Jennings School District and High School English in Rockwood School District. For the past four years at Busch, I was a Special Education Resource teacher. I'm an alumnus of Saint Louis Public Schools, having graduated from Enright Classical Junior Academy (sadly now closed) and Central Visual & Performing Arts High School.
I attended both Illinois College in Jacksonville, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, and Webster University in St. Louis, from which I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree (in Communication Arts). I've also worked numerous summers on the camp staff of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, B.S.A., and the day camp staff of the Gateway Region YMCA, so working with young people, teaching, and being in the outdoors are all important to me. Two years ago I finished my coursework to become a certified Reading Specialist, and I'm excited that I'll now be utilizing those skills in my new position.
In my free time, I enjoy reading and collecting books, watching films, playing computer and tabletop games, hiking, visiting museums, zoos, and botanical gardens, and napping.
Telephone: (314) 352-1043
Recommended Reading:Summer is the season for reading! Whether you're lying on your bed, lounging by a pool, or sitting on a beach, it's a great time to escape into a book. Please go to the Virtual Learning tab on the left for a link to SLPS's recommended summer reading list. In case you're curious, I've posted a photo below of some of those books I've been reading for fun this summer.
2022-23 School Year:
- I'm moving back down to 6th grade and will be welcoming to my caseload all our new students who receive the majority of their special education services in the General Education setting.
- I'll be teaching a Direct Instruction class for five or six 6th grade students.
Students seeing me for Direct Instruction will be working toward meeting or making progress toward their current IEP goals in the Special Education setting. They'll be developing greater proficiency of their academic skills in the areas of:
- Reading (Basic Skills, Fluency, and/or Comprehension)
- Written Expression
- Mathematics and/or Math Problem-Solving
I'll be working in the General Education setting with all eighth grade students who have IEPs, excepting those students in Ms. Potthoff's or Mr. Decker's classrooms. This means that I'll be co-teaching ELA (English Language Arts) with Ms. Coche Williams and Math with Ms. Bri Johnson.
In addition, some of the students I see may also receive coaching and/or instruction from me in the following areas:
- Organizational Skills
- Social or Anger Management Skills
- Task-Related Skills