I am Mrs. Kathy Wilson and I am very proud to be part of our Lincoln School community as a Special Education Teacher. This is my 6th year at LINCS, and my 18th year as an educator. I wish I had discovered Whitewater and LINCS earlier! I love that our guiding question is always, "What is best for students?"
Originally from the Bay View neighborhood in Milwaukee, my husband and I now live in Fort Atkinson. Our family has lived in Ohio, New Hampshire and New York before returning to Wisconsin. Right now our four children all live in the same neighborhood in Minneapolis! As a family we enjoy traveling, playing trivia, biking and watching our youngest in the University of Minnesota Marching Band. Go Gophs!
Before I became a Special Education Teacher, I taught general education middle school math. I also have worked in homes supporting young families, in the community developing family programming, with and in programs for students from toddlers through alternative high schoolers. I studied Human Development (and Civil Engineering) at Marquette University and Special Education at Alverno College.
-My favorite food is gnocchi (nyoh-kee), it is Italian and so am I.
-My favorite music is anything I can dance to with my students and Hamilton
-My favorite story is Peter Pan.
-My favorite book series are "Pig the Pug" and "The Bad Guys" by Aaron Blabey
-My favorite TV show is Sherlock on PBS.
-My favorite inspirational quote is from Mother Teresa, "Let us begin."
What do Special Education Teachers do?
All teachers at Lincoln help students learn, lead and inspire others.
Which students do I work with?
I typically work with students in first through fifth grade, but you may find me in the lunchroom, recess or in any classroom where students need a little extra help. Sometimes, I work with a small group in our Resource Room 123, but I also co-teach math and reading in general education classrooms. Usually I work with students who have an IEP, but since I am in so many classes, I am lucky to be able to teach any students who are in the class.
What is an IEP?
An IEP is an Individualized Education Plan that is a legal document which identifies academic, social and behavioral goals for students who have a disability that affects their learning at school. An IEP Team meets at least once a year to celebrate student success, set new goals and decide if additional support is still needed. This document can be changed at any time at the request of the student's family.
Who is on the IEP Team?
The IEP Team is made up of the student, their family, a general education teacher, a special education teacher (That's me!) and any other people that provide support at school. It could be a speech and language specialist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, teacher of the hearing impaired, audiologist, nurse, principal, social worker, guidance counselor, psychologist, reading specialist, English Language Learner teacher or special education aide. We all work together to help students be successful at school!
How do you contact me?
Families are welcome to contact me at any time. I look forward to working together to make this year a successful one!
Mrs. Kathy Wilson
Special Education Teacher
Lincoln Elementary School
Whitewater Unified Schools