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Subject: General Education - Grade(s): 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

"Show what you know!"

Hello!  My name is Debbie Craig, and I am the Significant Support Needs provider for Century Middle School, grades 6, 7, and 8.
Please  read below to find contact information and a brief biography which covers 30 years in the field of education.
 
 
Feel free to contact me at 720-972-5246 and leave a message.  This number is a direct line into my office.  I will not take phone calls during my teaching periods, so please leave a message,  or you may prefer to contact me above.  My planning periods this year are Periods 2 and 6 .  Those times are 9:42-10:51 for P2 and for P6  2:50-3:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Wednesdays I can be reached  from 10:23-11:07  period 2, and 1:32-2:15  for period 6.   You can call anytime to leave a message.  I will respond as time allows, but always within a 24 hour period. 
 
                                                A few things to remember:

  • Please use the Back and Forth books for daily communication as we check them each morning!
  • Please remember to notify the attendance office as well as notate in the B&F book of a pending absence or the need for an early pick-up or late arrival.
  • It gets chilly in our room so please leave a jacket at school with your child's name inside,  specifically for those days.
  • Spelling homework is sent home every Friday, and is due back the following Friday, which is also Test Day. 
  • Individual sight words are assessed and new words are sent home each Wednesday.  Tests are the following Wednesday.
  • Our scheduled library check-out day is every Wednesday.  Please be certain your child has his/her books to return that day. 
  • Reading logs are sent home the first day of the month, and are due  the last school day of each month.  Students are expected to read or be read to, a minimum of 15 minutes per day.
  • IF you are picking up your child at the end of the day, please call 720-972-3259 as that number rings directly into the classroom for quicker access by staff

                                             A little background information on your child's teacher :-)
 
Following  graduation, I became Program Director for United Cerebral Palsy in St. Joseph Missouri.  When my daughter was born, I quit to stay home with her.  When I was ready to return to work,  I taught 10 years in a K-6 Educable Mentally Handicapped classroom in St. Joseph, Missouri.  After completing my Master's program in Administration, I moved to teaching a second grade classroom in general education.
Then, my family moved to Utah where I taught as a half-time 3-5 grade multi-age classroom teacher, and half-time special education teacher with a combined classroom for 6 years.  I then taught in a general education classroom at the first grade level, and moved to second grade the following year.  Thirteen  years ago we moved to Colorado!  I taught in Boulder Valley school district as a general education fourth grade teacher one year, but really wanted to be closer to home.  The last twelve years I have been teaching Significant Support Needs students at Century Middle School and I LOVE it!
 
I have three children and eight grandchildren and they all live in Missouri and North Dakota, so I visit often.  For relaxation I read or walk or  enjoy the mountains.  I volunteer at my church in  a special needs buddy program and am a member of PEO which supports education for women. I enjoy traveling and in recent years have been priviliged to travel to Cape Cod,  Alaska, Germany,  Italy and Ireland.  I enjoy spending time in the southwest and visiting parts of our beautiful state. I am currently planning a trip to France over Spring Break this year. My personal philosophy is that one should never stop learning!
 
My paras are amazing, supportive, knowledgable and an integral part of our program.  In addition, we are proud of our peer mentor program where general education students interact daily with our students, providing encouragement, friendship and support.  This year, I am grateful to have Ms. Esther and Ms. Margarita ( we have worked together the 10 years I have been here), and we have added  Ms. Shannon and Ms. Deborah to our team.  These remarkable women work hard every day, to help ensure your child is as successful as possible here at Century. 
 
It is our goal to inspire and encourage your child to reach for independence, friendship and acquistion of skills through interesting lessons and a strong sense of community within our classroom and school.  Please contact me with your questions or concerns and we will do our  very best to resolve them in a timely and satisfactory manner.
 
I am honored to have your child with me this year!
 
"Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them,
who understands the power of connection,
and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."
Rita Pierson