KIM SMITH

Learning Specialist

B.S. Early Childhood Education, Bowling Green State University

M.A. Special Education, The Ohio State University

 

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta

 

The 2018-19 school year will mark my 17th year in education and my 5th year at VCES. My teaching career began in Ohio where I grew up, and over the years I’ve had the opportunity to work as a Learning/Intervention Specialist as well as a third grade, fourth grade, and advanced math teacher. I am excited to be able to work with many of our students in grades K-5 in my role as Learning Specialist.

One of my primary responsibilities is to work with students, families, and teachers, as well as our Learning Support Team (Carla Adler, Sue Yockey, Kathryn Welsh), to find ways to help students reach their fullest potential. This may include reviewing and writing Individual Learning Plans or Support Plans, observing students in the classroom, meeting with parents to discuss students’ needs, identifying best practices and research based learning strategies, and much more!

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress in school, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Helpful Information

 

Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder

 

Dyslexia Assessment: What Is It and How Can It Help?

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

 

Inside an Evaluation for Learning Disorders

Dr. Matthew Cruger walks us through the process

 

Help for Kids With Auditory Processing Disorder

How to build listening skills

By Caroline Miller

 

Anxiety in the Classroom

What it looks like, and why it’s often mistaken for something else

By Rachel Ehmke


Classroom Schedule

My daily schedule includes time set aside to work with individual or small groups of students, conduct classroom observations, meet with teachers and staff, conduct research, and conference with families. Please call the school or email me to set up a time to meet if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning and/or behavioral needs.

ksmith@valleycatholic.org
503-718-6500  ext 6522


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