Subject: Special Education and Social Studies
Room Number: 318
SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES:
I am available in Room 318 for in-person meetings throughout the time of parent-teacher conferences.
Parents and guardians should not hesitate to call me at (314) 771-2772, Extension 41318 or at my cell phone (314) 537-4125. You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sydney J. Chase
Special Education & Social Studies (Law) Teacher
I am a Special Education and Social Studies (Law) teacher with a desire to assist students to find their life careers. It is my goal to give each of my students the means, upon graduation, to have a definitive plan in place to assist in achieving life goals. My objective for all the students on my caseload and who I teach at Central VPA High School is that they move on to a college, a vocational program, public service or a solid career opportunity where they can find satisfaction.
I have been assigned as a co-teacher in general education classes. There, I work with the general education (usually English or Social Studies) teachers to heighten the students' comprehension of the assigned work. The students know that I am there to help them to understand the subject and willingly join me, when they find it necessary, in a small class venue to cement their knowledge.
I happily communicate with parents by email. Please contact me at email@example.com. I also will speak by phone. As the school day leaves little time for phone contact, I ask that you call my cell number (314) 537-4125 between 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM Monday - Thursday; and I'll get back to you if you leave a number and time to call.
I ask that parents of my Special Education students do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to phone/face time me at (314) 537-4125. I really enjoy speaking with my students' parents.
I was born and raised in New York City.
I taught Social Studies in New York State in the 1960s and then practiced law there. In 2001, I moved to Missouri to be with family. In 2002 I was certified by the Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education in Social Studies (7 – 12) and Special Education (K – 12).
In 2002 I also started my third career, teaching in St. Louis (in Special Education and Social Studies); first, at Central VPA High School for 15 years, moving to Gateway STEM High School in 2017; and thenn back to Central VPA in August of 2023.
In the 2023/2024 academic year I was assigned to teach Law in the Social Studies Department and as a Special Education co-teacher in English and Social Studies.
I still maintain my New York teaching and law licenses. I have been a building steward for Local 420 AFT St. Louis for over twenty-two years, one of its area coordinators for eight years and served on its Executive Board for over ten years.
I love the teaching profession and believe that my time in the St. Louis Public Schools has been - and continues to be - one of the most rewarding periods of my life.
I have two sons, eleven grandchildren and (for now) six great-grandchildren. Every summer, I travel to different parts of the world for at least a month. It helps me to learn about people from everywhere and to then give some of what I've learned to my students.
I had been honored by AFT St. Louis and The St. Louis Public Schools to be a founding member of the Internal Board of Review under the St. Louis Plan, a nationally recognized method of mentoring and judging new teachers and older teachers requiring intervention. I was happy to give my time in this service to our students and schools for over fifteen years.