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Campus Supervisors Miss Nicole Hoffman, 5th grade Mr. Layton Spracklen, 4th grade Mrs. Ann Hodge, 5th/6th grade Mrs. Cindy Panczel, Kindergarten Mrs. Jamie Chong, SAI Mrs. Janet Maki, Kindergarten Mrs. Jennifer Brodoski, TK/JK Mrs. Kirsten Riddick, 2nd grade Mrs. Linda Roy, 2nd grade Mrs. Marcy Knudson, 6th grade Mrs. Martha Lepore, 3rd grade Mrs. Shay Lundstrom, Principal Mrs. Tracy Spoor, 1st grade Ms. Heather Gearhart, 1st grade Office Staff Para Educators

Mrs. Jamie Chong, SAI

I discovered I wanted to be a teacher at the age of 17. I was on track to attend college once I graduated high school, but I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was working as a Preschool Teacher’s Assistant when I met a boy with Autism who had a significant impact on my life. I saw his learning potential and felt a personal responsibility to help him grow academically.

 

I have been a part of Simi Valley Unified School District since I was in kindergarten. I attended Vista, Sinaloa and Royal High School. Upon graduating high school, I was hired as a Special Education Paraprofessional. I worked part time for SVUSD while attending California Lutheran University. Since being hired as a paraprofessional, special education has been my life. Over the last ten years, I have worked as a social skills teacher, a behavior therapist and a tutor to homeless and at-risk youth.

 

I am currently in my third year as a Special Education Teacher at Katherine. I enjoy the challenge of special education and I am reminded daily of why I chose this career. I am passionate about helping students achieve their full potential. I love that my job allows me to work closely with my general education colleagues. I believe education is a team approach between the children, parents, educators, administrators and the community. 

 

Values and Beliefs:

  • All children can learn and reach their full potential given opportunity, effective teaching and appropriate resources.
  • No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship
  • Whenever possible, the student should be a partner in his/her educational program.
  • Student needs are best met by a team approach.
  • A classroom should be a safe learning environment for all
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