I am writing this review as a parent of a special education student with ADHD, and auditory processing disorder, and speech and language delay. My child is in a special day class at this school. From day one they were caring and compassionate. They made my son feel welcome, and most important of all he is learning, something he hasn't done in the past year at his previous school.
Mrs. Gerke, has been a part of my children's live many times. She has taken an interest to not only their learning in the classroom, but outside of school. I was amazed to see her over the summer at a swim meet. She was cheering them on like they were her own children. She is very dedicated to their education and who they are as a person. My child struggled in reading. She was very persistent and pushed them to become a reader. My child is very aware of their expectations and how to accomplish them and they know how to push themselves. My oldest child is in high school and she still talks about how she gave her a strong foundation to make her feel successful. I'm forever grateful for her dedication to my children.
Most of the teachers have a masters in integrating the arts. They incorporate the arts into many lessons. Also, many of their teachers have been trained in Readers Workshop in New York. They had an intense week of how to teach reading. They do not use the old hard cover reading books I used in school, but rather they read books that interest them. They have also been trained in Critical Literacy, and Writers Workshop. With this type of whole school training, it's made Schweitzer what it is today, very effective training for very effective learning, which leads to a very successful child.
My child has a very small amount of homework. They have to read 30 minutes in their just right reading book, a book at their level, and a page of math. My child will often have notes on their math paper to show me how she is teaching math. I've had to have a very open mind to how she teaches math. I'm awe struck at what he can do.
My child's 3rd grade teacher has my child knowing they can go above and beyond what they can do. She pushes their thinking and makes them feel successful for any growth. My child hated reading this year, but with her dedication and maiming he believe in himself, he has turned into a reader. She stuck with him, she was persistent with what he was reading, and is in constant communication with how he is growing. She makes him feel proud of what he has accomplished not matter how small. She has taught him to never give up- be persistent.
The compassion my child receives from their teacher and others in their classroom is amazing to see and hear. Students support one another's learning and are eager to help one another if a classmate is struggling. This is built through my child's 3rd grade teacher who promotes this strong sense of compassion for each other.
Students are held accountable for all their work in class. My child's 3rd grade teacher really pushes their thinking to do their best and beyond. She has built a community of learners in her classrooms that allows all students at different learning stages feel successful. Students respect each other's learning stage and support one another without hesitation.