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The Meridian School District works in partnership with our families and our community to educate each student in a safe and supportive learning environment to become a positive contributor to society.



Irene Reither Elementary Special Education/ Resource Room

Special Education/Resource Room

Jenny Baker-Couch - Special Education Teacher
Carla Dayton - Para Educator
Margaret Lee - Para Educator


Children working in the Special Education /Resource Room program are working on specific skills in the areas of reading, written language, math, social classroom interaction/behavior skills.  Targeted instruction is defined through an Individual Education Plan (IEP).  This plan is developed by the parent, classroom teacher, special education teacher and other specialists, as needed.  Targeted instruction identified in the IEP occurs in addition to, or in place of classroom instruction. Instruction occurs inclusively, or in a small group setting, and focuses on areas of weakness that have been identified through cognitive and skill based assessments.

Reading areas that may be addressed include:

  • phonemic awareness (letter identification, letter-sound correspondence and blending skills)
  • sight word recognition
  • oral reading fluency
  • comprehension

Math areas that may be addressed include:

  • number sense
  • calculation concepts/strategies
  • math fact fluency
  • problem solving

Written Expression areas that may be addressed include:

  • basic writing tool skills
  • sentence generation
  • paragraph skills
  • short story generation
  • reading related spelling skills

Social classroom interaction/behavior areas that may be addressed include:

  • classroom skills
  • social interactions
  • calming strategies
  • structured behavior plans

The Special Education/Resource Room program is also a component of the Schoolwide Title I/Response to Intervention Program.  Our staff collaborates with the IRE Reading Specialist, ELL Teacher and classroom teachers to identify learning weaknesses and implement targeted skill instruction within the general education classroom instructional program.