Left side, foreground to back: Ms. Harris, Ms. Crum, Ms. Spence, Ms. Latham, Ms. Breitenbach, Ms. Ireland
Right side, foreground to back: Ms. Hood, Ms. Smith, Ms. Gilbert, Ms. Carter, Ms. Collier. Not pictured: Ms. Hampton
Our school is committed to meeting the needs of all of its students, and that includes students with special needs. Special education teachers at Greer help students learn and succeed.
The Collaborative/Resource team consists of four teachers and two paraprofessionals. In addition, services for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Hearing Impairments, Vision Impairments, and Adaptive PE are offered by district-assigned staff once students are identified. The ACCESS team consists of one teacher and three paraprofessionals.
Our students are taught in the least restrictive environment. Many of our children with special needs receive services through a collaborative model. This allows them to receive support in the regular education setting as the Special Education teacher co-teaches with the regular education teacher. The presence of two teachers in the classroom allows for smaller group instruction and greater levels of expertise and abilities to differentiate learning for ALL students in the classroom.
In additional to the collaborative model, some students benefit from additional resource services in a separate classroom. This placement allows for differentiation and adapted instruction to meet the individual student's needs.
C.B. Greer also has an ACCESS classroom for students with moderate levels of disability. This classroom follows Georgia Performance Standards but allows for progress to be monitored through a portfolio assessment, the Georgia Alternative Assessment. The classroom is more functionally based and provides the student increased opportunities for hands-on learning activities.
Greer provides a sensory room designed for students with multi-sensory needs. Children with autism, emotional/behavior disorders, attention deficits, or neurological impairments, for example, often interpret various sensory information differently. Hearing, vision, smell, or tactile senses can be hyper or hyposensitive.
The Sensory Room allows students with these needs a tranquil setting in which to experiment with different sensory "stations," while encouraging communication and helping calm if senses become overloaded in their primary education setting. Our Sensory Room offers an underwater mural and theme, including auditory, visual, tactile, kinesthetic, and proprioceptive opportunities.
Speech and Language Pathology
Our Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), Mrs. Lauren Collier, is involved in the Response to Intervention System to help teachers identify students with speech and language concerns.
Research shows that children with phonological awareness or speech delays have greater difficulty discriminating between sounds and acquiring emerging reading skills. The goal of the speech RtI program is to identify those students who may benefit from more specialized interventions.
Staff for 2013-2014
Ms. Lauren Collier, Speech and Language Pathologist, website, room 504, ext. 3948
Ms. Salena Breitenbach, teacher, website, room 410, ext. 3935
Ms. Samantha Crum, teacher and team leader, website, room 101, ext. 3929
Ms. Heidi Hood, teacher, room 515, website, ext. 3935
Ms. Hannah Spence, teacher (ACCESS program), website, room 210, ext. 3910
Mrs. Dar Carter, teacher, room 603, website, ext. 3954
Ms. Shanna Ireland, Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, room 210, website, ext. 3917
Ms. Gigi Smith, paraprofessional
Ms. Tania Gilbert, paraprofessional
Ms. Erica Harris, paraprofessional (ACCESS)
Ms. Rachel Latham, paraprofessional (ACCESS)
Ms. Andrea Morris, paraprofessional (ACCESS)
Ms. Allison Ross, Physical Therapist
Ms. Angela Park, Adaptive Physical Education
Ms. Glynda Savage, Occupational Therapist