Special ed, special care

Having taught in the Santa Monica-Malibu School District at the secondary level for 35 years I can recognize extra effort in the classroom. Recently, I was called to help in Ms. Beth Spooner’s special education class at Juan Cabrillo. What impressed me was the dedication and love and caring exhibited by everyone. There was a separate program for each student. That morning Ms. Renee Cariati, Ms. Caroline Kirby and Ms. Linda Pingatore spent part of their time working with individuals on special projects. After the special project, there were class tasks where students worked together. Later in the morning these special ed students went to another classroom and participated with nonspecial education students in a cake judging contest.

I was so impressed with the way each student was helped to keep on task. The disruptive behavior was handled in a quiet but firm manner and each student knew what was expected.

During recess one special ed student complained of being tired. The student had been placed on a new medication. A teacher held the student during recess and carried the student back to class.

This is dedication.

Edward Winkenhower

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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