Marisa Lefebvre, Special Education Teacher

Why did you choose this specific field?

I love the population of students. I wanted to make a difference in working with students who may not be able to always advocate for themselves. I want to be the support for students who may not otherwise have that. I want to provide my students with the opportunity to see success in their education.

What's a day like for you at High Road School?

My mornings start with greeting every student. Help students with their journal prompt at my desk. Each student may be able to have different privileges depending on what level they are on once we have all shared out our journals. After morning routine, we start our reading rotations. I provide instruction in small groups of 1-2 students. Student receive individualized instruction based on their exact grade level and needs, students rotate to the computer or the TA’s desk. Between rotations they will either have a movement break which I facilitate or a brain break utilizing their choice items at their desk. After reading rotation students have snack and recess and then have their three individualized math rotations — teacher, TA, and computer. Following math students have lunch followed by specials — art, social skills, gym, or music. Following specials, they have social studies which is often more who group and highly interactive. We then have our last movement break prior to our science lesson and the end of the day. At the end of the day students head home with a communication log and with homework.

What do you enjoy most about coming to school every day?

The kids. I love seeing them every day.

Can you give an example of a ‘Little Victory’ you’ve seen a student achieve at High Road School?

I had one with Josiah today. We were working on our CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words. I decided to use a tapping technique using my arm, upper arm, elbow, forearm. It was a breakthrough he was successful time after time. I feel like I am fortunate to have those moments every day.

Can you describe something special about your team and the school?

Every day is different. Every one of us comes here each day to keep students safe and to provide an education. This is achieved through our collaboration and team effort. Everyone has the same type of compassion for this population. All though we have different personality types we all share the same passion for the kids we serve.

What is next for you when you finish your Master's this spring?

Oh man, just keep teaching!