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Hello Students, Parents, Guardians, and Community Partners!
The 2017-2018 school year marks my fifth school year as the building administrator for the special education programs at Main Street. I am honored to continue to serve this incredible population of students and work alongside the most dynamic group of special educators. My background includes a Bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Denver, a Masters degree in counseling from the University of Phoenix; and, a Director of Special Education credential from the University of Northern Colorado. I have worked in public education, residential, and day treatment facilities over a period of 19 years. I am from the windy city of Chicago, IL; but, after attending University of Denver, I knew Colorado was my new forever home. I am married and have two teenage children who make me incredibly proud every day.
I am driven by the art of revealing to students the strengths they possess, and I especially love when students begin to internalize an understanding of the leverage embedded in their strengths. During my time at Main Street, I have witnessed unrelenting dedication, tenacity, and passion for youth in the educators and staff working toward this end. Students with special needs require unique instruction by specially trained professionals to help them achieve their highest potential; and, Main Street accomplishes this through an interconnected partnership between students, staff, and families.
At Main Street School, rigorous academic instruction begins in the classroom, and school social workers bolster student learning with direct instruction in social/emotional skills to support increased opportunities for daily success and the ultimate goal of transitioning students back to a neighborhood school. Support staff provide encouragement, praise, and reinforcement along the way; and, families offer invaluable insight and support to the school team. Each school year, approximately one-third of enrolled students return to their neighborhood schools.
At Life Skills Alternative Cooperative Education (LS-ACE), students participate in an additional 2-3 years of education to increase proficiency on Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and prepare for post-secondary plans. Students work together with a focus on college/career, vocational, and community living skills to increase independence to support success in a variety of settings after program completion. Students at LS-ACE participate in work-based learning, service learning, and experiential learning in the community to practically apply the skills they glean from classroom instruction. During the 2016-2017 school year, 19 students completed the LS-ACE program and moved into post-secondary programming.
If you are new to our school and programs, welcome! Thank you for joining us in the journey to achieve academic excellence by design for all students. If you have any questions about our school or programs, please do not hesitate to ask.
Heidi Weekley, Administrative Coordinator