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    Welcome to Brooks/Lincoln School 5-8

    Special Education Teachers' Web Page.

     
     
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    ms smits 
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    Grade 5
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    Grade 7
    Grade 8
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    The Lincoln Public Schools has a notably strong commitment to quality education and opportunities for all students including children with disabilities. Maintaining a belief that all students should be included to the maximum extent appropriate in the general education classroom and the life of the school, the Lincoln Public Schools subscribe to the educational philosophy of inclusion. This is based on the principle that all children can learn together with appropriate supports. Special education faculty and staff work in collaborative partnerships with general educators to effectively meet each child's needs.

     
     
    A Little About...
     
     
    Melissa Spencer

     
    Since coming to Lincoln in 2001, Mrs. Spencer has been working in the fifth grade as a special educator. She enjoys working closely with the fifth grade team to support students in all curriculum areas. Mrs. Spencer tries to help students gain a better understanding of their own learning needs. She teaches children how to help themselves by finding and/or creating individualized learning strategies. Mrs. Spencer has duel certification in Elementary Education and Moderate Special Needs. She received her Bachelor's degree in English and Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mrs. Spencer received a Master's degree in Moderate Special Education from Simmons College. She is also certified to teach Wilson Reading. In her free time, Mrs. Spencer enjoys spending time with her family and trying out new restaurants!
     
     
     
    Catherine Smits

    Mrs. Smits has been teaching in Lincoln since 1999. She has worked at the Hanscom integrated preschool and in the first, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades in Lincoln. She is currently also the Sixth Grade Team Leader. She enjoys working closely with the sixth grade team of general educators to facilitate inclusion and learning for all students. Mrs. Smits holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Art History from the University of Hartford and a Masters Degree in Special Education (Intensive Needs K-12) from Simmons College. Prior to working in Lincoln, Mrs. Smits taught preschool in New Hampshire and then spent three years teaching at the New England Center for Children. She is one of the district's Nonviolent Crisis Intervention trainers, and also serves the district as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Mrs. Smits is trained in the Wilson Reading Program. Out of school, Mrs. Smits enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, cooking, traveling, reading, and doing yoga.
     
     
     
     Kerriann Gilman
     
    Kerriann has been teaching in Lincoln since 2019. She has experience teaching elementary and middle school grades. Currently, she works closely with the grade 8 team, collaborating together to support students with all their unique need and supporting students in the classroom or in small group settings. Mrs .Gilman prepares her eighth graders for high school and teaches strategies based on their individual needs along with self-advocacy skills, mindfulness, and executive functioning skills. Mrs. Gilman has duel certification in Elementary Education and Moderate Special Needs. She received her Bachelor's degree in History and Elementary Education from the Assumption University. Mrs. Gilman received a Master's degree in Moderate Special Education from Assumption University. Mrs. Gilman is trained in the Wilson Reading Program. In her free time, Mrs. Gilman enjoys spending time with her husband and dachshund, Rylie. Some of her hobbies include: skiing, hiking, doing yoga, cooking, or home improvement projects!
     
     
     

     
    Mary Emmons
    Administrator
    for Student Services
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    Naomi Konikoff
    Coordinator
    for Student Services
    Lincoln School K-8
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    Denise Oldham
    Coordinator
    for Student Services
    HPS & HMS
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    Rose Smart
    Administrative Assistant
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Last Modified on February 2, 2021