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Enrollment for ETK - 5th Grades begins April 2, 2019

Welcome to Room 25

Hello parents and students,
     I have been working with students with special needs since 2000, first as an educational therapist in my private practice and then as a teacher in special day class.  This is my fifth year working for LAUSD and the fourth year at Vanalden Elementary.  
      My students arrive in August, bringing with them their unique strengths and weaknesses. They learn differently - demanding that I be flexible and adaptable to meet their individual needs. My goals have been to identify and leverage their strengths to rehabilitate and compensate for their weaknesses.  Ultimately, I hope to help them learn to think critically so they can choose to live wisely in this challenging world.
      At the end of the day, I enjoy taking a stroll around the lake in my neighborhood, chatting up the geese and ducks.   I cherish the moments I share with my family , unpacking the events of the day, laughing and lamenting at dinner table.  My husband, my son, my students, - and my dog-  populate my hectic but happy universe.
In the blue section above, if you click on "PlanetBravo", you will be taken to a new window with online access to the PlanetBravo curriculum/activities for the current and past weeks--just click on the grade level we're in to access the fun practice of how to effectively and appropriately use computers!