All About Me:
Ms. Spellman is a graduate of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. She earned a Business Management and Communications degree before graduating in 2020. She is now a member of New Jersey City University's Alternate Route teachers program where she is working to earn her Master's degree in Special Education. Ms. Spellman started in the Ramsey School District as a K-1 LLD Paraprofessional before beginning her teaching career at Franklin Lakes Public School District. Before teaching first grade Ms. Spellman taught Special Education in both the Middle School and Elementary schools in Franklin Lakes. She finished her year last year working as a K-2 Resource Room teacher and with students in the third grade.
Ms. Spellman LOVES to play games (especially game shows), reading, and watching sports. She has a cute kitty cat named Louie at home. She spends her freetime exercising, baking, and online shopping (shhh don't tell anyone :) ). She has enjoyed working with all the students in Franklin Lakes Schools.
Philosophy of the Special Education Program in the Franklin Lakes School District
“If he cannot learn the way we teach, we had better teach the way he can learn.” - Robert Buck
The special Education teachers of Franklin Lakes Public Schools believe in success for all children. We are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment in which each child has the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential. Learning is an individual process in which each child will have the optimum opportunity to develop academically, socially, and emotionally. We strive to foster individual strengths while developing areas in need of more support. We support students through a variety of specialized instructional strategies, techniques and materials.
The teachers in the Franklin Lakes Special Education Program focus on student achievement through the implementation of scientifically research-based curriculum that reflects best practices in special education. Comprehensive assessments are also used in order to establish data-driven goals and objectives to guide individual student success. The IEP is the cornerstone of the student’s program. We implement the IEP to meet the specific needs of each student in our programs. We are consistently mindful of the specific accommodations and modifications that will help our students reach success in both special and general education programs.
As a group, we philosophically believe in the movement to give special needs students’ greater access to general education classes. Our goal is to strengthen our relationship with our general education colleagues through the in-class support model. The establishment of this partnership, while maintaining our identity as special educators, will create greater opportunities for student success now and in the future. We are committed to excellence and making a significant difference in the lives of students challenged by the classroom setting.
The first Tuesday of the Month: 8:10-8:40
The second Wednesday of the Month: 3:45-4:15