Welcome! My name is Nelly Flores and I am the High School and Transition Special Education Teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.
First, I would like to tell you a little bit about me. This is my first year teaching at Leeway School but before accepting this position as a special education teacher, I worked for the district of Monrovia for five years as an Instructional Aide for Moderate/Severe. At Monrovia I had the opportunity to work at the preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, and Adult Transitional Program. Simultaneously, I was working on obtaining my BA and credentials at California State University, Los Angeles. I obtained my BA and preliminary credentials this Spring 2018.
My goal as a teacher is to provide a safe and enriching environment in the classroom. I want to encourage students to challenge themselves and grow in their abilities. I work alongside a team of 8 experienced individuals that work on a one to one basis with each student. Together we foster a safe and fun learning experience for the students.
About Our Class
Everyday students work on IEP goals, Vocational skills, Functional Academics (Math and ELA), Life Skills, Arts (cooking and art), P.E., and Community Based Instruction. Throughout their daily routine, students have several opportunities to practice their individual goals, as well as practice valuable skills that are helpful out in the community. Students work in small groups and whole groups throughout the day. During our Life Skills period we focus on teaching students how to perform basic daily life skills that can be generalized out in the community as well as in their homes. For example, students learn how to clean after themselves, request for their wants and needs, and other self-help skills. For Community Based Instruction, students get the experience of going out to the community and engaging in interactions with people at the grocery store, at fast-food restaurants, and at the recycling center. Students also put their sorting skills into practice when they visit the laundromat. Throughout the day students learn how to implement their communication skills to do tasks around the class, request for items, and/or make choices. Our team believes that our students should be encouraged to develop their communication skills in order to foster independence.
We have some exciting activities planned for this school year. Below is a list of activities we will do throughout the year.
High School- Gardening
Transition- Wash vans
High School and Transition- Visit the park (Vincent Lugo Park, Almansor Park, Story Park, Whittier Narrows, and Rosemead Park)
High School and Transition- Will take the city bus to have an outing in the community.
High School- Recycling Center
High School- Laundromat
Transition- Community walk to a nearby park, around the block or a nearby restaurant.
At the end of the year we will have a special celebration at one of the nearby restaurants to celebrate the end of the school year. We are also planning a few fundraisers such as our Shark Coffee shop to sponsor some of the outings we would like to do as a class. Our coffee shop will be a new fundraising project that the Transition students will assist with on Fridays.