Welcome to Room 166
~Sharon Hyre, M.ed; Life Skills Support Teacher
Let me introduce you to the staff in our classroom. I am the teacher in our room. I have been employed with the BVIU since 2004. I recently received my Masters Degree in Special Education through Slippery Rock University. I am a member of the year book staff, CEC, and I like to help with extra-curricular activities within the school.
There are two instructional support aides in our classroom, Ms Celeste Andrews and Mrs. Cindy Rebich.
Ms Celeste Andrews has 37 years experience working with special needs students. She has worked in Life Skills Support and Multi-Disability support classrooms. Ms Andrews is a 30 year member of the Beaver County Special Olympics management committee and a certified Special Olympics coach.
Mrs Rebich has been a support aide for eight years at New Horizon School. She has worked in the Life Skills and Multi-Disability Support Classrooms. Mrs. Rebich is involved with Beaver County Special Olympics, Buddy Ball, and Buddy Bowling in Beaver County. Mrs. Rebich also works part time with BCRC and Achieva.
We have a very active classroom! Instruction is individualized, and students work at their own academic level and pace.
We use components of the Structured TEACCH model, with individual schedules at desks, visuals, work stations, and centers. Daily activities include small group, large group, and 1:1 instruction. The students also have breaks within the schedule. They can go to a center or take an activity to their desks. Centers in the room include: sensory area, computer center, library, manipulatives, and creative arts.
We also have art each week in the room that is focused on a theme. We have Weekly Reader Group each Friday. Along with academics, we promote positive social interactions to build social skills. We have weekly structured social activities with peer and adult modeling.
Each month, we go on a Community Based Instruction outing. These are local trips we take in the community to work on proper social skills and independence in a community setting. Going to a restaurant for breakfast or lunch is always an experience!!
We also participate in pre-transitional activities through the Vo-preparational program at our school. We help set up the cafeteria in the mornings as well as participate in workshop-type activities.
We participate in school dances, socials, and specials classes (Gym, Swimming, Family Consumer Science, and Music Class).
Our classroom also participate in Special Olympics Track'n Field, Swimming, Basketball, and Soccer.