I am Julie Sprague, a fifth grade homeroom and ELA teacher at Dorchester School. It has been my pleasure to teach in the Woodcliff Lake District for the past twenty-nine years in both Woodcliff and Dorchester schools. Prior to teaching in Woodcliff Lake, I also taught high school and preschool handicapped classes. I received my Bachelor's degree in Education from Boston College and my Master's degree in Reading from William Paterson University. I am a certified K - 12 special education teacher, K - 8 elementary teacher, reading specialist, and preschool-handicapped teacher. I am also certified as a teacher of Wilson Reading.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 - 2021 school year will look a bit different from past years, but the fifth graders will continue to have the unique opportunity to simulate a middle school schedule in preparation for their transition to the middle school. Similar to middle school, the fifth graders will experience receiving instruction from different teachers throughout their school day. In addition, the successful co-teaching collaborative model will continue in fifth grade. In this model, a general educator and a special educator share responsibility for planning and delivering instruction and monitoring student progress. The shared classrooms are comprised of heterogeneous groups of students.
This year, I am excited to be teaching two ELA classes. In one of them, I will be collaborating with fifth grade reading and language arts teacher, Mrs. Nadzan. Please click on Mrs. Nadzan's site to see what is going on in our shared classroom.