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     Dear Students & Parents/Gaurdians,

          Welcome to the 7th grade.  My name is Susan Curtin and I am the 7th grade special education teacher English Language Arts teacher.  My role is to provide specialized instruction in the small group setting and in an inclusive environment , co-teaching with the green and white team ELA teachers.  

           My classroom curriculum follows the grade level curriculum which is based on the Common Core Standards.  Students will work at their individualized pace.  The integration of the Common Core reading, writing, listening, speaking, and presentation skills are incorporated through the use of narrative and non-fiction texts, independent work, and collaborative group activities and discussions.  

             Our theme for the year will focus on the role of Growth Mindset and the power of individuals to learn and be motivated by mistakes and believing that we are continuously learning and living up to our potential.  We will explore this theme through a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts as well as through narrative and poetry.  

     Parent involvement/communication is an important component to student success.  Please do not hesitate to email me at curtins@amesburyma.gov.  If you would prefer to meet for a conference please contact the main office at 388-0515.  

     

    This is going to be a great year!

     Susan Curtin, C.A.G.S/M.Ed

     About Me:

    Masters/CAGS Reading Specialist, American International College 2010; Master of Special Education , Salem State University 2004; Bachelor's of Psychology, University of Massachusetts 2000.  

    This is my 18th year teaching at the Amesbury Middle School. This is my third year teaching in the 7th grade.  The previous years I have taught moderate/intensive special education in the 5th and sixth grade at the Amesbury Middle School in the learning center. Previous to teaching, I worked for the Essex County District Attorney’s office in Lawrence District and Newburyport District Court as a juvenile justice coordinator. I worked closely in collaboration with the Amesbury Public School system and Police Department, as well as local community outreach programs in Amesbury.  During my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, boating, and spending time in the mountains and at the beach. I have two children, my son Dillon age 6 who just started First grade in the Amesbury Public Schools and my son Luke age 4. They keep me very busy and we spend a lot of time playing outdoors. The field of special education is of great importance to me.  My older sister Carolyn has Down's Syndrome and she has been my driving force as an advocate in this field.  I feel very strongly about the acceptance of students with disabilities and promoting a school environment of acceptance and equality.