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Karen Kangas, ECSE Non-Classroom Teacher

The ECSE Non-Classroom program guides young children in their natural environments like Head Start, The 4-Year Old Programs, and Local Childcare Centers.  Karen provides services for children 3-5 years old in the areas of school readiness with an emphasis on early learning standards and social/emotional development.  Children must be eligible for special education services and require a specialized program.  Karen may be contacted by phone at 906-575-3438, ext. 312 or by email at kakangas@goisd.org. 


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Ashley Oliver, Elementary MoCI Teacher

The Elementary MoCI Classroom serves students kindergarten-elementary age. Our program is a language based program, emphasizing functional academic, leisure, self-help, and social skills.  We are using Unique Learning Systems curriculum, which is a standards based curriculum that is designed specifically for students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities. The curriculum is web based and a sample lesson plan can be viewed at the following website: http//unique.n2y.com/samples/IntermediateSample.pdf.  Zones of Regulation is also used in teacher self-regulation.  Ashley may be contacted by phone at 906-575-3438, ext. 315 or by email at aoliver@goisd.org.


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David Andresen, Intermediate-High School MoCI Classroom Teacher

The Intermediate-High School MoCI classroom consists of students who are middle school to high school age and have moderate to severe cognitive impairments. Daily lessons include increasing academic skills through Unique Learning Systems and other research based practices. The academics which we concentrate on are writing, reading, mathematics, communication, science, and social studies skills. We also focus on functional life skills, which we use Unique Learning Systems and other research based practices like Zones of Regulation  to help guide students. Our classroom uses the latest technology to help student achievement which includes Ipads, computer stations, a Smartboard and other technological devices. The program encourages students to do as much as possible for themselves to make them more independent at home, school, and in the community. David may be contacted by phone at 906-575-3438, ext. 311, by email at dandresen@goisd.org.


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Jay Pawlak, Young Adult Transition Teacher

The MoCI Transition Program focuses on preparing students for life after school.  Our primary goals are to teach students the skills needed to live independently, acquire and maintain a job, and other daily life skills the students will need.  To reach these goals, students learn life skills through the Unique Learning System (ULS) curriculum. As students learn these skills they then practice these skills in the community.  Once students acquire these skills they begin transitioning these skills into real world experiences through work-based learning assignments. Students will also begin to utilize outside agencies like Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) and Community Mental Health (CMH).  These agencies help with the transition process by providing services that students will continue to have access to as they exit the Transition Program. With these services and parental support, these young adults can live a productive and happy life after school.

"We can't just teach students how to count, we need to teach them what counts most."


Picture of Dawne Peterson, ECSE Classroom Teacher

Dawne Peterson, ECSE Classroom Teacher