St. Joseph Intervention/Special Education Program
Here at St. Joseph we are fortunate to have an eclectic group of professionals who are working together as a team to address several student’s needs within and out of the classroom. Our intervention team works together to meet many different needs including K-8 intervention, Special Education through IEPs, and Service Plans. The intervention team includes 3 Intervention Specialists, 1 retired classroom teacher, 1 aide, 1 Speech and Language Therapist, and 10 grandparent volunteers. Each member of the team works with classroom teachers, parents, and each other to continue developing materials and the necessary instruction for each of them to be individually successful.
Our lead Intervention Specialist, Sarah Graf, has been with St. Joseph for 13 years. She taught 1st grade for 5 years and is now serving our students through intervention grades K-8. She provides service to students on a Service Plan (students who are receiving specially designed instruction) as well as students who qualify for the RTI (Response to Intervention) program. She provides a great deal of instruction to increase reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension growth through the Reading A to Z program as well as Orton Gillingham/Phonics Dance instruction in grades 1 and 2. The 10 grandparent volunteers make this program more individualized and help it be a very successful program. She also provides additional supports with math and writing.
Intervention Specialist, Rhonda Shepherd, has been with St. Joseph for 10 years. She has devoted most of her time to 1 IEP student that require full time support in the classroom, as well as help with other students on IEPs. She has great success in building relationships with students and helping them find success in all areas of their lives academically and outside of the classroom. Mrs. Shepherd takes the time to create individual materials that involve hands on real life experiences for each of the students she works with.
Our Intervention Specialist, Dr. Frank McGoron works with our all students on IEPs. He works closely together to help these students continue developing their academic needs and prepare for the next step to high school.
Katie White is our Speech and Language Therapist who works closely with students on a Service Plan to increase their expressive language, receptive language, and/or articulation. She is at school
1 & ½ days a week and spends a great deal of time helping these students achieve goals and increase their speech and language in and out of the classroom. She also provides intervention students with these same needs.
Please feel free to email Sarah Graf with any questions you may have about the intervention program offered at St. Joseph: [email protected]
Information on the Jon Peterson scholarship can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website (http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships) or please feel free to contact the school office.