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Special Education Team

kmcknight@caldwellschools.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q1: First and last name. Along with Position at the school.

Kyle McKnight, Extended Resource Room Teacher

 Q2: What is your favorite thing about your career?

Being a small part of an amazing community committed to the growth and development of the amazing children of Caldwell!

 Q3: Who is your favorite author?

Sherman Alexie

 Q4: What is your favorite evening activity?

Shooting hoops at the gym until closing

 Q5: What's your favorite holiday? Why?

Thanksgiving

 Q6: Who is your favorite teacher from grade school? Why?

Peggy Swapp, Made reading so enjoyable

Q7: What is your favorite subject to teach? As always give your why?

My favorite subject to teach is pre-reading strategies. I love watching students gain the confidence to read on their own.

 Q8: On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are?

6.43

 Q9: What is your favorite teaching moment?

When I get to watch my students go out into the school and show off their awesome manners and social skills!

 Q10: What inspired you to become a teacher?

I wanted to be part of a community that pushed students to be the best versions of themselves possible

 
Q1: First and last name. Along with Position at the school.

Cynthia Talbot Speech Pathologist

Q2: What is your favorite thing about your career?

Making a difference in people's lives

Q3: Who is your favorite author?

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Q4: What is your favorite evening activity?

Crocheting

Who is your favorite teacher from grade school? Why?

Mrs. Middleton 3rd Grade. She was compassionate about her students. She really cared about us.

Q8: On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are?

5

 

 
Q1: First and last name. Along with Position at the school.

Cindy Grover Teacher of the Visually Impaired

 Q2: What is your favorite thing about your career?

Seeing the kids progress.

 Q3: Who is your favorite author?

I like to read mysteries of all kinds and guess who did it before it is revealed in the book.

 Q4: What is your favorite evening activity?

Reading and sewing

 Q5: Who is your favorite teacher from grade school? Why?

My 4th grade teacher because he read to use each day after lunch. He also loved to teach science and so do I.

 Q6: On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are?

I am not very funny. I always mix up the punch line.

Q7: What inspired you to become a teacher?

The teacher that worked so hard for me.

 
Q1: First and last name. Along with Position at the school.

Sean Blackburn, Resource Room

 Q2: What is your favorite thing about your career?

Watching a students eyes light up as they discover that they can now do something that they could not do before.

 Q3: Who is your favorite author?

That is very difficult!!! So many! Brian Jacques

 Q4: What is your favorite evening activity?

Reading, Gardening, Cooking, Walking

 Q5: What's your favorite holiday? Why?

Christmas, I love the decorations and the family time.

 Q6: Who is your favorite teacher from grade school? Why?

Miss Cotton, She inspired me to become a teacher and pushed me to learn!

 Q7: What is your favorite subject to teach? As always give your why?

Reading, because reading gives me such joy and fun I want to spread that to everyone!

 Q8: On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are?

4 Not very funny......

 Q9: What is your favorite teaching moment?

When I see a students eyes light up because they suddenly understand a concept that has been very difficult for them.

 Q10: What inspired you to become a teacher?

I struggled to write when I was in school and I had teachers that inspired me and helped me overcome my problems so now I like to help others.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q1: First and last name. Along with Position at the school.

Laura Smith

 
Q2: What is your favorite thing about your career?

My favorite thing about working at VB is the opportunity to have fun while learning alongside the students.

 
Q3: Who is your favorite author?

.... not sure....

 
Q4: What is your favorite evening activity?

After school, I am soccer-mom. I drive my four kids around to sports and activities until bedtime.

 
Q5: What's your favorite holiday? Why?

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because it is an event that brings people together to celebrate all the wonderful things we have in our lives and the people who we love.

 
Q6: Who is your favorite teacher from grade school? Why?

My favorite teacher from grade school was my kindergarten teacher, Mrs.Murphy. She had the best classroom centers that included a light-bright and playing house. She was very patient, kind, and always smiling. She had a genuine love for every day teaching and spending time with us.

 
Q7: What is your favorite subject to teach? As always give your why?

My favorite subject to teach is math. My mom was a middle school math teacher and my dad was a teacher for a few years before becoming a fireman. My family members all showed a love for learning and a love for understanding how things work and why. In high school, I tutored my peers in math. I would spend my weekends teaching people how to do our homework. I loved every second of it. As I see adults struggle with understanding math, it makes me want to make sure I teach students to understand and enjoy math so they do not fear it or have a hate that was the result of poor teaching methods.

 
Q8: On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are?

Oh, I think I am a 9.5 because people are always laughing with me.... not at me, I hope. Then again, I believe life is wonderful and we should look at the positives and sometimes that means you are laughing at the stressful moments as a way to regain your sanity... which I guess isn't something that makes me funny, but strange. So, I guess I am more of a 6.5 in the funny department.

 
Q9: What is your favorite teaching moment?

My favorite teaching moment dates back to a few particular students, but they all relate to the same idea. When you work with students who struggle to communicate or express themselves with verbal language, it is an amazing moment to hear them respond accurately and appropriately for the first time. I will treasure those moments that I have had the honor to witness and it is my purpose for waking up each day with the hope that today is the day I am present to witness another student respond to a question or idea for the first time.

 
Q10: What inspired you to become a teacher?

I would like to say my parents were the inspiration for becoming a teacher, but it wasn't until I became a parent that I wanted to become a teacher. It had nothing to do with having summers off work, but it was the desire to understand child development and exceptionalities. I was a dance major in college until I had my son. After that, I decided I would not be wearing spandex and leotards in public anymore. So, I pursued a few child development and special education courses on Autism, Gifted-Talented, Traumatic Brain Disorders, and Mental Health Disorders. I worked with children in a private setting and continued to find myself wanting to spend more time with students to guide them towards finding their strengths not to be defined by their diagnosis. It was meeting Mrs. Langan that changed my life. I was working 12 hour days, 7 days a week as a Mental Health Case Manager and the opportunitity to work as a Special Education teacher at Van Buren was presented to me. The people I work with and the Van Buren Community are the reasons I am inspired to return to work as a teacher year after year.