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  • My name is Teresa McGinnis and I'm the Life Skills Teacher. You can contact me at mcginnist@portsmouthschoolsri.org.

    The Classroom supports the Alternate Assessment student. We service grades 5th through 8th grade. We have a combination class of Intensive support for the Alternate Assessment student. Our focus is to support each student's individual needs. We specifically work on individual educational program goals. Our approach is from a multi-sensory learning style. Students all learn differently and we support each child's individual learning style. We foster advocating for self, initiation skills, self-confidence, and growth in independent learning. We advocate and support self emotional regulation, social communication and transitional support. Our program in our classroom supports Reading, Writing and Math skills. We work on self management and self determinations skills. These lessons are embedded in the program and are taught on a daily bases. Our program also supports students in regular educational settings such as Science, Social Studies, and Unified classes. Many of our students are also supported with a Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and an Adaptive Physical Education instructor. The students are supported by Paraprofessionals in all aspect of their daily routines and schedules. Our focus is to foster independence and growth while meeting the needs of each student. Please feel free to contact me at the above email if you have any questions at all! It would be our pleasure to support your child the best that the team can! Thank you, Sincerely, Teresa McGinnis