PA Act 89 Services
Counseling, reading and math support, and speech-language therapy are available to all students at St. Agnes School through Chester County Intermediate Unit. The counselor provides individual, small group and whole class guidance. The counselor also works with administrators, teachers and parents to meet the needs of the students. Speech therapy, as well as reading and math services are designed to assist those students who need extra support. These programs provide weekly classes for the students and consultation with classroom teachers.
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Math – Crystal Lane is our new Math Specialist here at St. Agnes. She has been teaching for the CCIU for six years and she is very excited to be working with such a talented team of teachers and respectfully sweet students. Crystal holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and her teaching and educational background is in both science and math. Her world encompasses a balance between her passion for math and science, her career with the two, and her journey to bring others to a better understanding of each as they entwine in our daily lives.
Crystal says, “Our Math Support Program recognizes the need for each child to be successful in learning the skills of mathematics. I work side by side with the teachers of St. Agnes in order to provide alternate approaches toward the mastery of those math skills. I utilize extra resources in order to motivate and provide reinforcement, remediation, and to build confidence and encourage a positive outlook on math. Activities are highly engaging, differentiated and on target with standards and grade level objectives in order to strengthen the proficiencies of our students, for classroom performance as well as practical applications to everyday life.” Welcome to St. Agnes, Crystal!
Reading – Hello! My name is Lynne White and I began the 2015-2016 school year as the new CCIU reading specialist at St. Agnes School. I have worked for the Chester County Intermediate Unit as a reading specialist for the last six years. I was previously contracted to a local public school and am very happy to have the opportunity to work at St. Agnes with the students and staff. I currently live in Downingtown with my husband and we have three children.
The role of the CCIU reading specialists is to provide remedial reading services to students who are a year or more below grade level in reading. Services include assessments of referred students, remedial instruction based upon student strengths and needs and collaboration with both school staff and other CCIU staff.
Guidance – Prior to coming to St. Agnes over twenty years ago, Mrs. Hawkes taught social studies, English, and computer science at Upland Country Day School and also served as the school’s counselor and athletic coach for fifteen years. Her passport was always kept current in case a chaperone was needed to take students anywhere in the world.
Mrs. Hawkes has several masters’ degrees in education and certifications in secondary education in social studies, elementary and secondary school counseling and special education. As an employee of the CCIU ongoing training and education is available.
Mrs. Hawkes provides guidance classes for each grade and individual counseling as needed. Supporting the Instructional Support Team and the Learning Resource program and serving as a consultant to teachers, parents, and administration and making sure each child is happy and reaching their potential are the goals of the counseling program at St. Agnes. Outside of school Mrs. Hawkes is busy helping her grandchildren reach these goals as well!
Speech – Mrs. Hashman is enjoying her fifth year as St. Agnes’s speech-language pathologist. She works at the school on Thursdays and Fridays. Employed by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, Mrs. Hashman has worked with Early Intervention, Preschool-Handicapped and School-based programs. She has a Master’s of Arts Degree in Communicative Disorders from West Chester University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa.
As the speech-language pathologist, Mrs. Hashman is responsible for remedial speech and language intervention for children demonstrating normative speech and language delays/abilities. The speech and language skills of all kindergarten and first grade students are screened annually. Second and third grade students are also annually re-screened for articulation. When screening results indicate that further testing is needed due to a possible delay, parents are notified and written parental authorization is obtained to conduct formal testing. Students demonstrating documented delays in speech and/or language are offered services – parental authorization is required before services are initiated. Mrs. Hashman also provides consultative and collaborative services with St. Agnes and IU staff.