Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Faith Mina
This is my 5th year teaching in Special Education and I absolutely love what I do! I am extremely passionate about being an effective advocate for my children, providing equal opportunities for all kids to shine, as well as providing opportunities for them to develop their self-esteem by celebrating their progress and letting each of my kids know that they are loved.
I graduated, from Webster University, in 2013. Immediately following my graduation, I worked at The Soulard School for 2 years. In 2015-2016, I joined Gateway Science Academy South as a Resource Teacher (2nd - 6th graders). I was there for one year before joining the Hodgen family as an Autism Classroom Teacher (3rd – 6th grades) in the fall of 2016. This is my 4th year teaching with SLPS, at Hodgen Elementary, and my 4th year as an Autism classroom teacher (3rd -6th grades). I LOVE IT and could not imagine doing anything else!
I love playing outside, as often as possible, and don’t think I could survive without sunshine! I love playing tennis, hiking, grilling outside, float trips and kayaking. I also LOVE eating pizza and have a huge sweet tooth!
***Extended Break Update***
For those who would like additional support with their students, while at home, in regards to routines, emotional regulation strategies, de-escalation strategies, social skills and academics please feel free to contact me personally.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: If you, or someone you know (including District families), needs services, such as help with utilities, an internet connection for online learning, assistance for seniors, mental health care or free food for pets, visit www.slps.org/resources. New information is being added all the time.
*In the event you need to reach out to the Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis:
A list of restaurants providing free lunches to students K-12:
General reminders when working with your students at home:
~"First/Then" Statements... "First Reading, THEN iPad" This is simple and concise language that allows the student to know what is coming. They can take comfort in knowing that there is a plan, without having to expend too much energy in decoding too much unnessary language.
~Timers- I use timers for everything! Showing the student the set timer allows them to know that there is a concrete end in sight and ends many behaviors before they even start.
~Visuals- When language is difficult, visuals help to bridge the gap! This can help to enforce schedules, routines, rewards and motivators.
~Breaks- Remember to offer frequent, short, breaks before your student burns out. This will gradually increase their work stamina, as well as reiterate the significance of and trust in the timer.
I have listed a few links below of activities you can do with your students at home. Remember to have fun together!
*Links your student are already familiar with for their daily routines:
Abcya is a free website with plenty of games for fun and for practice. Multilication Mine Jr allows them to practice strategy as well as multiplication facts.
The following two links allow students to practice fractions in a fun way.
Our students choose and read three new books each day from Epic! Students have login information for the website and for the App. Please feel free to contact me personally if you need assistance. If you are unable to login, remember that simply askying your student "WH" questions (who/what/when/where/why) can help to increase their reading comprehension. This can be done when reading a book together, or even when watching TV! Asking "sequence" and "detail" questions are also benificial to your students progress. These questions can be as simple as "What is something that happened at the beginning of the book (or tv show)?" , "What happened at the end?" etc.
Some new and FREE links to explore!
GET UP AND MOVE!
SCIENCE (and virtual field trips):
https://mysteryscience.com/lessons/seasonal/current-events (Mystery Science!)
https://www.raz-kids.com/ (Username: fmina , Password: tokro592)
In addition, the Academic team has created enrichment packets to encourage continuous learning among students of all grade levels. These packets are available at meal distribution sites, and they are posted online at www.slps.org/keeponlearning.
School Phone: 314-771-2539
Room # 108
Degrees and Certifications:
I graduated from Webster University with a Bachelors degree in Education and a Special Emphasis in Special Education. I am certified in both: General Education (K-6th), as well as Special Education, Mild-Moderate Disabilities, Cross Categorical, Kindergarten – age 21.