Marti Waller - Elementary Special Education Teacher
My students and I sometimes need to take the roads less traveled. My classroom is a mixture of many different ages and capabilities. When a student steps into my classroom, they know that they are unique and that I have a program just for them. No child is ever overlooked in my classroom, and no child goes without a hello or some type of praise every day. My theory of teaching is simple, everyone can learn and will learn but we all learn at different rates and stages and by different methods. All children are wonderful and have so many things to offer to the world and society- sometimes we just have to dig a little deeper to figure out what that is. I try to develop in my students a belief that they are capable of most things, they may have to ask for help sometimes but that is okay. I want my students to leave my room with the idea that they can do anything that they put their minds to. Each of my students has a specialized program, which is suited to their needs and capabilities. Every child in my classroom has a little different curriculum, including things like academics, social skills, dealing with anger, communicating with adults and self-advocating. I work with the whole child instead of just academics.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost
I have worked at Northome School since January 2000 in the Special Education Department as a teacher. I have assisted in coaching several activities including robotics, cheerleading, and drama. I am involved in Staff Development, and PBIS. I have a degree in Elementary Education, a license in Specific Learning Disabilities from Bemidji State University and a license in Developmental Disabilities from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. I am happily married to my best friend and we have two children. I have lived in this community from the age of five. I graduated from Northome High School. I attended Rainy River Community College to attain my AA, I then transferred to Bemidji State University. I enjoy spending time outside, camping, fishing, taking pictures, and spending time with my family.