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abratton
Biography

Well, I always wanted to be a teacher, but a 16 year stint as an insurance claims adjuster got in the way (had to feed the family,right?).  I decided to go into special education because of stories my husband has told me about his school years as a student with undiagnosed dyslexia....teachers putting him in the "stupid" classes, calling him "lazy", accusing him of "not trying".   He has been able to make himself successful despite all of their negativity after a teacher in high school finally recognized what was wrong.  It took one person to make a difference.....I want to maybe be that one person!

I teach 7th grade SDC L/H in Modesto, CA.  This is my 4th year teaching, with the first 3 being in RSP. Outside of teaching I am married with four children (his, mine and ours) ages 26 to 15.  We enjoy riding on the motorcycle, camping, and spending time with the family and friends. I am also a member of the Elks Lodge and chairing youth oriented committes such as Soccer Shoot, Hoop Shoot, and Scholarships.

My hobbies include reading (when I have time) and going dancing.  I love music of almost all kinds!  I am drum corps fan, having marched myself when I was younger.  Believe it is an awesome opportunity for kids to truly learn how far they can push themselves, and develop the determination needed to be successful in life!

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About My Classroom
I currently have 11 SDC students throughout the day, and I teach all 5 curriculums to them. We move to the Read 180 lab, where I also work with 7 general education kids as part of this intervention.
Experience and Training
This is my 5th year teaching in special education. My first three were in 7th RSP. I obtained my Education Specialist Level I credential through Chapman University College, as well as my Masters in Special Education. I am currently working on my Level II.
Why I Teach READ 180 and/or System 44
I was support for the Read 180 class last year, the first year we had it on campus. However, this year with the new classroom placement I will be responsible for teaching Read 180 to my SDC and other general education students. I do believe this program can make a difference, but as always it depends on the effort put into it.
Role
READ 180 Classroom Teacher
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