Resource Room

 

Meet Mrs. Kangas


Tell me about yourself.

I received my bachelors from the University of Southern Maine in Social Work.  I spent much of my career working with children and families ages birth-21 with special needs as a strengths based social worker.  In 2016 I enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Maine to pursue a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.  I am currently working on my graduate action research project and anticipate graduating this spring. 

 

When I am not teaching, I can be found spending time with my amazing husband and two wonderful daughters. We enjoy taking in the beauty of the outdoors and can be found outside the majority of the summer.

 

Why do you like teaching in the Resource Room?

I love working with a diverse range of students and watching them grow over many years.  I prefer working in small group settings and finding ways to make content interesting, meaningful, and accessible to all of my students.  Every student challenges my creativity and encourages me to think outside the box.

 

What are your favorite student units?

I love teaching any unit in which the instruction can occur through play or exploration!

 

What is your plan for parent contact?

I welcome and encourage parent contact!  Please email me at akangas@rsu13.org or call me at Thomaston Grammar School at 354-6353.

 

What are your homework guidelines?

I have no general homework guidelines, but feel it is important to expose children to as much literature and real-life math as possible.

 

Meet Miss Smith


Tell me about yourself.

 

I grew up in Spruce Head, Maine and graduated from Rockland High School. While completing my B.S. in Mental Health and Human Services from the University of Maine at Augusta, I changed paths from working in a Residential Program for children to working as a BHP in the Intensive Support Program at South School. I realized quickly that I loved working in Special Education and began taking courses towards my Special Education Teaching Certification. I spent 5 years as a BHP at South School before beginning my current position as a Resource Room teacher at Thomaston Grammar School and Cushing Community School. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time outdoors, riding my horse, walking my dogs, paddle boarding, and gardening.

 

 

Why do you like teaching in the Resource Room?


I like teaching in the Resource Room because I get to work with students from each grade level. I enjoy teaching small groups and covering many different skills and subjects during my day.

 

What are your favorite student units?

 

It’s hard for me to pick just one unit or subject as my favorite. I love that I get to teach math, reading, and writing! It is so fun and exciting to watch my students master the skills we have been working on.  

 

What is your plan for parent contact?


Parents can email me at ksmith@rsu13.org or call me at Thomaston Grammar School at 354-6353.

 

What are your homework guidelines?

 

I don’t typically assign homework, but I do believe that reading and practicing math at home is very important.