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
SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES:
I am available in room 426 East for in-person meetings throughout the time of parent teacher conferences. Social distancing will be observed in accordance with District, City and CDC suggestions. Do not hesitate to call me at (314) 776-3300, Extension 14350 or at my cell phone (314) 537-4125. You may also email me at email@example.com.
Sydney J. Chase
Special Education Teacher
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com, 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.