Get ready to work in this workshop, to help your child return to school with confidence!
Join Mrs. Patricia Mack-Preston, veteran special education teacher from Howard County Schools, in talking about what parents and guardians can do at the beginning of the school year to prepare the teachers and school staff to work successfully with your child with DS.
Then we will show samples of Get-to-Know-Me and other documents that parents and teachers can use to help your child transition to a new grade, a new classroom, and new teachers. The workshop is held in a computer classroom so participants can begin drafting your documents or updating existing documents. Bring pictures of your child to insert in your Get-To-Know-Me document to provide visuals that compliment your descriptions of your child. A picture can bring depth and add a personal touch to your words. Bring your materials to share with other parents!
Patricia Mack-Preston taught in Howard County Public Schools for thirty years as a regular and special education teacher in grades kindergarten through fifth. She was responsible for implementing lesson plans in accordance with Maryland State and Common Core curriculum standards, as well as differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students. She has a passion for learning, teaching children, collaborating with educators, and communicating with parents to meet the needs of children. One of the most important goals of a teacher, according to Patricia Mack-Preston, is to teach children to begin to understand who they are as a learner and to value the joy and power of learning.
Patricia Mack-Preston has a Master's Degree in special education and a Bachelor's Degree in early childhood education and psychology. As a regular education teacher, she was nominated for the Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year, Maryland Teacher of the Year, and received the Outstanding Teacher Award for the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. As a special education teacher, she was awarded the SECAC (Special Education Community Advisory Committee) award for dedication and creativity shown in teaching students with disabilities for four consecutive years (2011-2014). She taught seventeen years as an adjunct faculty member at Villa Julie College, now Stevenson University, and conducted workshops for various early childhood conferences in Maryland. She currently is leading a nonprofit organization, Appy Time For Learning, which partners with schools to help students achieving below grade level close the learning gap using iPads.