Phone: (314) 776-3300
Degrees and Certifications:
BA Political Science (Hofstra University, NY) JD Law (Brooklyn Law School, NY) Certified to teach Social Studies 7-12 (NY) Certified to teach Social Studies 7-12 (MO) Certified to teach Special Education K - 12 Cross Categorical (MO)
Subject: Special Education
Room Number: 426 East
I am a Special Education 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 Gateway STEM 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 sophomore and junior English classes. There, I work with the general education teachers to heighten the students' comprehension of the assigned work. The students know that I am there to help them in understanding 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.
SCHOOL CLOSURE - SPRING 2020 (CAUSED BY COVID-19):
This has been a difficult time for all of us. Students want a normal educational experience at a school, with all the normal high school experiences and teachers want to give them that in person. This year, that cannot be. As a co-teacher in Special Education, I am working with the English teachers in their virtual teaching, to assist any student who needs assistance; just as if the assistance was to be provided in school. I now work through the general education English teachers as a part of the Microsoft Teams in each class.
For the students on my Special Education caseload: I stay in touch with the general education teachers and, to the extent possible, with parents. I try to work with them and the students. In this new virtual arena, I ask that all stakeholders - students, parents and general education teachers - join with me in advancing the students' general high school education. I can be contacted as a part of the Microsoft Teams in each class and at the St. Louis Public Schools email address.
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 (now, in Special Education); first, at Central VPA High School for 15 years, moving to Gateway STEM High School in 2017.
In the 2013/2014 academic year I was assigned to teach American History in the Social Studies Department and as a Special Education co-teacher in English, Social Studies and Mathematics. I was also the school's debate coach for the winter season.
I still maintain my New York teaching and law licenses. I have been a building steward for Local 420 AFT St. Louis for over fourteen years, one of its area coordinators for eight years and on its Executive Board for three years.
I belong to a local gym. I kayak (a little) and bicycle (less). 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, ten grandchildren and (for now) three 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 ten years.