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"Behind every child who believes in himself/herself 
                                            is a teacher who believed first."  

                                    "If a child can't learn the way we teach...
                                             teach the way he or she learns."

 
                                          "To teach is to touch a life forever."

Introduction:
Hello, my name is Mrs. Barbiere (formerly Miss Sabale) and I am so excited for another school year at Smith School! I am a resource room, in-class support, specialized multi-sensory reading and Orton-Gillingham teacher!  In addition, I am a certified Dyslexia Therapist and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist. My goal is to instill a love of learning in my students by  developing each child's unique potential. Every child has the ability to learn, and deserves to feel confident, comfortable and successful. 
Teaching is one of my passions and I love what I do! :)

The link to my classroom website can be found below. Please browse through my classroom page to find classroom expectations, helpful resources and important announcements. Homework assignments will also be posted on my classroom page. Students will have the opportunity to submit some homework assignments online. I will specify the homework assignments that may be submitted electronically. The school supplies that are needed are the supplies already requested by homeroom teachers. Students will bring their homeroom supplies with them to the resource room for class.

Background Information:
I am a lifelong learner who possesses an immense passion for learning and teaching. My educational background includes graduating from Rutgers University in 2006 with my
bachelors of arts degree. In 2014, I graduated from William Paterson University as the graduate class's valedictorian with my Masters of Arts in Teaching Grades K-6 and Special Education. My thesis was also published as a book chapter in an educational technology book titled Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications. In addition, I am a nationally accredited Orton-Gillingham Teacher, and Dylsexia Therapist, having completed the Orton-Gillingham Teacher and Dyslexia Specialist Scholarship Program at the Mason's Tenafly Learning Center through Fairleigh Dickinson University.  These certifications and training allow me to incorporate and implement specialized, multi-sensory, direct and explicit reading and spelling instruction into, and in, my teaching practice. 

My professional background in special education, includes instructing a diverse population of students with special needs within school, home and community settings.  I have ten years of experience working in the special education field within the public schools system, as well as in a private special education school. In addition, I have experience providing Orton-Gillingham instruction and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy in the school, home and community.

Brief Philosophy of Education:
I believe that communication and collaboration between the home and school play an integral role in providing students with the most effective instruction and a successful education. A multi-sensory, interactive and adaptive approach should be implemented in order to teach students of all learning styles. Every child is unique and possesses an individual repertoire of skills; therefore, I teach the way each child learns.

Technology is an essential tool in education and society today.  Therefore, technology should be infused into instruction in a meaningful way in order to encourage learning, motivate students and prepare them for the future. I am looking forward to working together to create a fun, positive, safe, challenging and nurturing educational program for all students.

Contact Information:
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have. The best way to contact me is through e-mail at jbarbiere@tenafly.k12.nj.us. I will respond to e-mails as soon as possible and within 24 hours. Thank you! :) 
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