I am Julie Sprague, a fifth grade collaborative teacher at Dorchester School. It has been my pleasure to teach special education classes in the Woodcliff Lake District for the past twenty-eight 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.
The 2019-2020 school year will be an exciting year in fifth grade at Dorchester Elementary School. It will be our fourth year with our present fifth grade teaching model. With this model, the fifth graders will have the unique opportunity to simulate a middle school schedule in preparation for their transition to the middle school. Similar to middle school, fifth graders will experience a different teacher in each classroom. 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 will be collaborating with fifth grade reading and language arts teacher, Mrs. Nadzan. Please click on her site to see what is going on in our classroom. In addition, I am also a fifth grade homeroom teacher and a fifth grade Organization Lab teacher.