Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Faith Mina
*Scroll down to find current Lesson Plans*
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.
Virtual Office Hours:
Teacher Weekly Distance Learning Schedule
Teacher: Mina Grade: Autism 3rd-6th
8:00 - 8:30 Plan
8:30 - 9:00 Plan
9:00 - 9:30 Meetings
9:30 - 10:00 Conferences
10:00 - 10:30 Open Office
10:30 - 11:00 Open Office
11:00 - 11:30 Open Office
11:30 - 12:00 Open Office
12:00 - 12:30 LUNCH
12:30 - 1:00 Assignment Review
1:00 - 1:30 Course Meeting
1:30 - 2:00 Course Meeting
2:00 - 2:30 Emails/Phone Calls
2:30 - 3:00 Emails/Phone Calls
Distance Learning Activities
Open Office-Students have immediate access to help, via whatever platform selected by the teacher (Microsoft Teams, Class Dojo, Phone calls, etc.). 1-1 student meetings must include a parent. Minimum of 2 hours per day required.
Course Meeting-Designated time for implementing instruction or meeting with a small group of students. Teacher audio/video. Students audio only.
Planning Period-1 hour per day for lesson planning and preparation.
Assignment Review-Reviewing student work and providing feedback.
Conferences-Scheduled/unscheduled meetings with parents/students to discuss student progress and opportunities for learning. 1-1 student meetings must include a parent. All parent communication logged in SIS Parent Contact Log.
Meetings-Scheduled staff meetings, Professional Development, PLC/WDM, etc.
Emails/Phone Calls-Actively reading, responding, and sending emails and/or making phone calls to SLPS staff, parents, students, etc. All parent communication logged in SIS Parent Contact Log.
* The district will be monitoring continued learning, and IEP services provided, through Microsoft TEAMS. Please let me know if you need me to resend your student's login information so that they may access our classroom on TEAMS! This is the link to login:
*You may choose to login on the website OR download the app
*Login with your student's Email Login
*Type in Password
This will take you directly to our TEAMS classroom page. Whenever you login, be sure that you are under the GENERAL tab on the left side of the screen. You will see several tabs at the top of your page.
First click in the FILE tab to find the lesson plan and break down for that week. Use this document to see an overview and guidelines for each day, that week! I will begin selecting weekly Virtual Field Trips for Fridays. My daily schedule, for that week, is also found in this document, at the bottom.
Then, you can click on the ASSIGNMENTS tab to find the specific assignments, with instructions. There will also be some additional activites found in this page.
I will be updating our Classroom TEAM page, almost daily, so keep checking in!
*Please do not stress about due dates! I am here to answer any questions, or concerns that you might have. Have fun doing these activities with your kids and enjoy your families!
We will also use ZOOM (it is free to use zoom.com) for video class meetings! I cannot wait to see everyone's face again! *Students need to have a parent/guardian in the room to participate in video calls.
Thank you so much for all of your efforts in wrapping up such an unprecidented school year! It's FINALLY summer, and it's more important than ever to help your student to keep thier skills over the summer months. Below, you will find a list of websites and resources for different categories that you can access to continue your students learning throughout the summer months. St. Louis Public Schools has also compiled a summer reading list (Summer Reading List 2020 ) with various ebook options.
I will also continue to post video read alouds to our School Tube channel (School Tube: Emotion Book Read Alouds Videos) throughout the summer.
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I cannot wait to see all of your faces again in the fall! Stay safe!
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.