Emily Martine's Bio
My Co-teacher, Jen Hefty, and I teach K-5 Functional Intensive Skills Center (Formerly Life Skills classroom). I have taught Special Education for the last 3 years, and worked in Portland Public schools for 6 years, both at Pioneer Special Schools and at Astor K-8. Since we co-teach, I work Mondays, Tuesdays and alternate Wednesdays.
I received my Bachelor of Science from Portland State University in 2003 and immediately began working with students with disabilities as an independent contractor before joining Portland Public as a para-educator in 2006. I recently completed my Master’s in Arts of Teaching Special Education from Pacific University.
I check my e-mail regularly, so feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Phone messages left at Sitton (503-916-6277) will be returned as soon as possible. If you would like to meet in person, we can set up an appointment, or I am normally in the classroom without students from 2:10-3:15 p.m.
Our classroom partners in the Shadow Project, a non-profit organization that supports students with learning disabilities and encourages them to "learn through earning." You can read more about the program at www.shadow-project.org, but briefly, this organization was started by a local mother of a student with learning disabilities. She wanted to support the teachers that supported her son’s learning by providing them with intensive items, donated from local companies and businesses, ensuring that participating teachers do not have to sacrifice more of their personal income for purchasing classroom resources.
We try to support our students in the following ways, and work closely with all parents to make sure we are reaching these goals:
* Activities need to be developmentally appropriate and child centered
* A safe and nurturing learning environment is our priority
* A positive self-image is developed through opportunities for success
* We celebrate our differences and our unique strengths
* We work cooperatively with our students, helping everyone learn new and interesting things about the environment around us and ourselves.
See my other web page for the beginning of school welcome letter, with additional information.