Christina Jesser goes over a lesson with sixth grader Lily Hoffarth.
Sarah Paul works with third grader Alex Hoffarth.
Two teachers are returning with new titles. Sarah Paul is now reading specialist and Christina Jesser is learning specialist.
“I am so excited to have this opportunity to impact students’ learning in a new way,” says Paul, who will help students who need a little more attention. Lesson plans are based on a student’s specific needs. Paul has created a warm and inviting physical environment within her own classroom designed to stimulate a student’s desire to work hard and be successful.
“I want my students to look forward to coming to my classroom each day," she says.
Paul is one of those people who walks through life with an endless smile. That, coupled with her passion for helping students feel more empowered with their reading, has proved to be a winning combination.
Jesser’s “Learning Lab” is a small office yet “a safe place for students to be successful and where they do not have to worry about what others think if they make a mistake.” She mentors children with special learning needs. Referrals come from teachers and/or parents. Once a student’s academic, social and study habit history is developed, Christina creates a plan for one-on-one or small group learning. With teachers and parents, she creates a plan meant to boost success and confidence.
Her aim is to develop good habits in studying, learning and testing so that by the end of the school year, grades and confidence are up translating into social success with peers.