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2016 marks 23 years of teaching Special Education for the
Minnewaska School District. It is a joy and privilege to work with the children and families in our area. I hold a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education
and a Licensure in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders from Moorhead State
University. I have a Licensure in Learning Disabilities from St. Cloud
State University and a Master's in Education from St. Mary's University.
wife Patty is a Preschool teacher for the Minnewaska District and our
grown son David attends Minnesota State - Moorhead. Patty and I
thoroughly enjoy the Minnewaska community including the warmth of its
people and the beautiful rural setting. We enjoy hiking,
biking, camping, and reading good books.
I count it a privilege to work with special needs students and
assist them in reaching their fullest potential academically and
socially. To accomplish this, I believe it is important to partner
closely with parents and work together as a team to meet the needs and
goals of each individual child.
Organization of assignments and school materials is an important life-skill to develop at an early age. The tools below will assist your child in managing her academic life. It is very helpful for children if they have a consistent time and orderly, quiet place in which to complete homework assignments. Please check your child's Assignment Notebook (planner) and Take - Home Folder to complete nightly homework and view other important communications between home and school.
Your child will be completing entries in their daily planners at the end of each period, or sometimes at the end of the day. Not only is it important information about homework assignments but there is often information about the activities in which your child participated. It is a handy conversation starter when talking to your child about the events of the day.
Take Home Folders:
to be completed for the next day or important communications will be
located in a folder labeled "Take Home Folder". Please check this with
your child as well as the "Assignment Notebook" to be signed daily.
will be given the opportunity to visit the Library as a class at least
once per week, and individually throughout the week to exchange books and
take Accelerated Reader Tests. Children are encouraged to read a variety of literary genre's for at least 30 minutes per night as part of their homework routine.