BECKY REEVES, T.L. Rodes Elementary Wins a Gold Star
Story by Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Schools
Ask parents and the principal at T.L. Rodes about Becky Reeves and they will tell you she is close to being a miracle worker. The Early Childhood Special Education teacher stops at next to nothing to help the children in her care overcome obstacles and meet developmental milestones. And it is not just within school hours.One thing that impresses T.L. Rodes Principal Lisle Meador the most is Reeves will meet her students at their family’s church and take care of them so the parents can attend worship service. “That’s just the kind of person she is and not a lot of people know that except for her kids’ parents,” Meador said.
Jennifer Hillman’s son has been in Reeves’ class for two years and considers him a lucky kid. She nominated Reeves for Bossier Schools’ Gold Star employee award, writing “She has high expectations for all of her students and it shows when I see how much my son has learned to do.” The mother added, “She thinks of ways to help him not only at school, but also at home. It is not uncommon for me to get an email from her, sent late in the evening, about a new app for his iPad, a special step stool to help him be more independent, or a suggestion for handling a challenging behavior.” It was Hillman’s touching letter that led Bossier Federal Credit Union, sponsor of the Gold Star program, to choose Reeves as the final recipient for the 2014-15 school year. After seeing his teacher recognized, Hillman’s son jumped into Reeves’ arms.
“I love the little ones,” Reeves said quietly. “I like the challenge of figuring out what’s going on, how to get past a certain problem and learn a specific skill.” Her students have certainly crossed hurdles, Meador commented. She shared that a child in a wheelchair was walking by year’s end, thanks to Reeves’ determination.
Another story involves a child who was non-verbal. I have one this year who’s been with me for three years and wasn’t talking,” Reeves said. “He’s been really close to talking and he crossed that gap this year. He tells me ‘I love you’ when he gets on the bus.’”
Just as important as working with the children is the relationship Reeves develops with their parents. “All in all, my two or three years with them won’t make as much of a difference as them,” Reeves said. “I tell them they are their child’s number one advocate.” It’s something Hillman appreciates as a mother, calling Reeves her son’s biggest cheerleader. “It is a great feeling for a parent to know their child’s teacher truly cares.”
Congratulations to Becky Reeves for being Bossier Schools’ shining Gold Star. It is an honor well deserved.
COLLEGE NOW A REALITY FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
A major milestone was crossed December 17, 2013 for some previously under-served Bossier Parish students. It was finalized with two signatures.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by Bossier ...more
WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
Your local school system may be ale to help a child who has a learning problem or disability. With parental permission, services could include:
Free Screening to learn if the child should be tested.
If screening indicates, an evaluation to see what type of help the child may need.
If the evaluation finds the child to need services, services may include free special education instruction, speech services, occupational services, physical therapy services, and /or social work services.
For more information call 549-6119
The Bossier Parish School System provides a continuum of direct, related and support services to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities. Educational opportunities are provided for students ages 3-21 at schools throughout the district. Services include, but are not limited to, gifted, talented, speech, OT, PT, health care, and counseling as well as a rigorous classroom placement to help all students improve and reach their potential.
Bossier Parish Public Schools (BPSB) assures that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to all children with disabilities residing within the jurisdiction of Bossier Parish between the ages of 3 and 21.
BPSB assures that all procedures for the development and implementation of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process are followed.
The Director of Special Education is responsible for the general supervision of identification, location and evaluation of activities/services for students who are suspected of being disabled and for the provision of FAPE to students with disabilities within the jurisdiction of Bossier Parish Public Schools.
Inclusion continues to be the service model “philosophy” in Bossier Parish. Our elementary, middle and high schools have inclusive settings available to serve students if determined by the IEP team as best “placement”. With special education and regular classroom teachers collaborating to provide the most effective instruction for all students, some special education students receive instruction from special education while in a regular classroom.
The inclusion approach enables students with disabilities to remain in the general education classroom via the IEP process. The students receive the expertise of the content teacher AND the expertise of the special education teacher or trained paraprofessional. The teachers work collaboratively to provide all accommodations, and modifications as appropriate for each student. Inclusion improves all students' chances of succeeding in the general curriculum.
Community-Based Education trains special education students through first-hand experience to become self-sufficient and able to function in the community.
All special education teachers have computers in their classrooms. Students also have access to iPads and computers with programs to enhance their learning. Technical assistance with computers and software is available to all special education teachers and related service personnel. The provision of this service assists special education personnel and related service providers in planning for students, teaching students and assessing students more effectively via the computer.