Mrs. Melissa Charette
I have been at Washington Middle School for the past 2 years and absolutely love it here. I am married and have a 6 years old son in Kindergarten at Evergreen Forest Elementary. I graduated from Western Washington University and have my master's from City University. I am nationally board certified and this is my 18th year as a special education teacher. That all being said, "I LOVE MY JOB AND MY STUDENTS!" I look forward to each and every day. My students teach me as much as I teach them. I run a very structured organized classroom that focuses on routine and consistency. My team of para educators is caring, kind and are always striving to make the students as independent as possible.
DLC stands for Developmental Learning Center. This is a special education program for students who learn best in a smaller environment. We work on IEP skills mostly on a one on one basis. We also have peer mentors who help teach social skills, academics, and art lessons within this setting.
I'm excited this year because our theme is "Our Community, and Where we live." We will be exploring our classroom and classmates, our school, our city, our state, and our continent. We will be incorporating science, art, social studies, history, and social skills under this umbrella.
I am always looking for community members to come in and teach about something that they are excited about or know about. We have had adults read books, teach magic, play the guitar, sing songs, teach about mountain climbing, and share their travels of Ireland. If you would like to share a passion of yours, please e-mail me with a couple of dates that work for you.
Within the DLC classroom, we have a peer mentor program. As a peer mentor, you would be helping support your peers in learning academics, social skills and playing games. If this is something you would like to do, remember kids watch other kids to see what is appropriate. Please consider that everything you do is as a role model within this classroom and throughout the school. At WMS we embody a community of acceptance and inclusion. You can take this class as a quarter, semester, or a year long experience. You can either be a peer mentor within the PE class, or within the classroom. There are two assignments, one is a reflection paper, and one is a project to improve integration within the school, community, or district.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail, or call.