I came to St. Justin Martyr School in August 2015 as the teacher for a large and wonderful second grade class. Having studied strategies based on brain-research and developmental approaches at Cal Poly Pomona, I implemented school curriculum aware that our students used different modes of learning and behavior. With experience as a youth minister and liturgist in the Diocese of Orange, I also taught the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist to students last year. For the 2016-2017 school year, in communion with the rest of the staff, I was excited to launch the new Learning Support program in which I use many different life experiences to augment opportunities for student learning.
At St. Justin Martyr School, our staff recognizes that–and as research indicates–students learn differently. Therefore, classroom instruction is individualized. However, some students require additional support to master the curriculum. For these specific students, resource support services are offered to help them not only to master the curriculum, but to assist them in learning how to build learning and testing skills in the mode with which they are comfortable. In collaboration with classroom teachers, strategies are implemented with the goal of helping each of these students succeed on his/her own.