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Jileen Ward

6th grade Special Education

Hi, my name is Jileen Ward. I am excited to be part of the Special Education Team at Hawthorn Academy. I am from Ucon, Idaho. I am married and have four exceptional children. I love spending time with my family playing games and traveling. I enjoy reading, biking, running, and my favorite sport to play and watch is basketball (Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T). I have a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in psychology and a Master's Degree in Special Education with an Associate's teaching degree. I have been a paraprofessional in the middle school Special Education department for seven years, and this will be my first year teaching.

All students are unique and capable of learning. As their teacher, it is up to me to learn my student's learning styles. Your student deserves the best education to prepare them for real life. As their teacher, I want to meet their individual needs in a classroom where students feel safe to take risks and express themselves. I want to create a classroom where students can thrive, explore to reach their full potential, and discover their Superpowers. While I like to see students enjoying themselves in class, I expect them to work and focus on the task.

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