Degrees and Certifications:
Academic Intervention Coordinator
Oakland Elementary School
Washington Elementary School
- I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I attended graduate school at Kenyatta University College in Nairobi, Kenya and then returned to NIU for a Masters and Specialist Degree in School Psychology.
- I gained valuable experience working at The Baby Fold and Hammitt School, the Early Childhood Lab School, Colonel Wolfe at the University of Illinois and then the Ford-Iroquois County Special Education Cooperative before coming to D87 in 1999.
- Living rurally in Ford County, my children graduated from Blooming Grove Academy and U-High here at Illinois State University
- My son teachers Construction Management at the Bloomington Area Career Center while my daughter tends to the ill through OSF Prompt Care and the OSF ER.
- My daughter is also attending Vanderbilt University where she is earning a post-doctorate degree in Emergency Room Medicine.
- My wife teachers kindergarten at Stevenson Elementary School
- I work with my son at our farm, Second Nature Farm, where we grow beef cattle and goats and farm alfalfa, grass hay and wheat straw over 1000 acres.
- I also teach English to graduate school level science students at Burapha University in Bang Saen, Thailand and provide mentorship and editing of journal articles submitted to international science journals for publication.
- I have also brought our tremendous academic intervention programs to Thailand where we are developing the tools, and measurement systems and administrative capacity to provide reading intervention services in Thai that our students at Oakland and Washington benefit from.
Typical Services Provided
Academic Intervention services -- I coordinate academic intervention services for children who are reading below the 40th percentile in grades K,1,2 and below the 25th percentile in grades 3,4,5. We use several measures to determine eligibility including but not limited to:
DIBELS Benchmark Reading Screening
Students are measured three times each school year and those involved in intervention have their progress measured every 15 instructional days. Programs are adjusted every 30 instructional days.
Psychological & Educational Assessment
I provide individualized assessment to students of Oakland Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and Corpus Christi Grade School who have been referred for possible special education services. Referral typically comes from the academic intervention process. Intervention is the first necessary and a required step prior to special education referral.
Assessment is available in the areas of academic development, cognitive development, behavioral development and emotional development. This includes common struggles such as learning disabilities, emotional disorders, Autism, and intellectual disabilities.