Mrs. Chapman

 Sarah Chapman
Nationally Board Certified Teacher

Welcome to My Exceptional Classroom

My name is Sarah Chapman and I am in my 11th year as the Autism Teacher at Shady Brook Elementary. I work with 3rd-5th grade students with Autism for Kannapolis City Schools. I was Shady Brook Elementary School's 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year and Kannapolis City Schools Co-Runner-Up for Teacher of the Year. I am also a National Board Certified Teacher.                 
College(s) Attended/Degrees Earned:
I have a bachelors of arts in Special Education K-12 and Elementary Education K-6 from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. I am currently pursuing a masters degree from UNCC.

Educational Philosophy/Vision:
My belief as an educator is that all students can and do learn at different rates and levels. "Once you've met one child with autism, then you have met one child with autism!" I am a firm believer in differentiated instruction to meet each child's academic potential. I want my students to experience all aspects of education by having fun and being active participants in their learning. My dream is that education is not just excellence for a few, but that every opportunity is accessible to all learners.

Follow Mrs. Chapman on twitter @schapmanau

 Please see Supply List on the left side of this page. If you have any questions then please let Mrs. Chapman know. 

Check out the Shady Brook website and go to Student Links for students to work on academic activities at home. 

-In group reading time we are working on reading an adapted book: How to Eat Fried Worms. We are focusing on 1-2 chapter each week. Be sure to ask your child about their reading vocabulary and their favorite events in the story. Students are also working individually on reading goals and are making progress daily. 

-In Math groups we are focusing on fractions. Students are working on recognizing whole, halves, thirds, and fourths. Please practice using fractions at home with food and objects around the house. We are using computer based math programs along with individual instruction. Please continue to work on counting to 50 at home and basic addition and subtraction facts. Students are also using Dreambox, OSMO, Tiggly, and Touch Math apps to work on math skills on the iPad and computer. 

-During social skills we are working on a variety of interpersonal skills and friendship qualities. We are practice activities to work on social skills in the classroom and throughout the school. 

-In Science we will be focusing on matter (solid, liquids, and gases). Have your child find items around the house that are solids and liquids. We are also working on changing the states of objects. For example, ice cream is a solid but if it melts it is like a milkshake. 

Shady Brook Elementary raised over $188 during our change for Autism collection. We celebrated our success with a pie in the face assembly for our principal, assistant principal, PE teacher, and a 5th grade teacher. Many staff and students participated in the AUTISM SPEAKS WALK on October 28, 2017 at the Zmax Dragway in Concord, NC. 

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