My name is Tanya Keenan and I am the Special Education teacher in room 4. I currently hold a Master of Science degree in Special Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I am certified through New York State to teach Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities. I am currently working on receiving my additional certification in Early Childhood Education.
Room 4 consists of seven students and three teachers, and is an integrated classroom. Students will be actively engaged in a great mix of activities throughout the day. This gives our students ample opportunities to practice many skills, across multiple settings.
A typical day in Room 4 would start with your child unpacking and using the restroom, then engaging with their peers in play centers. There is morning meeting everyday where we practice our numbers, days of the week, alphabet, and the weather. We also use “tag bags” during the morning and afternoon circles, where students will practice fine motor & socialization skills by giving their friend the picture they found in their tag bag. We include art for 30-mins, three days per week, music is incorporated almost daily, daily gym class (on the playground weather permitting, or in our gym), story time and play group. Once per week we also have a fun and engaging healthy cooking group where students will be exposed to and try new food tastes and textures. Room 4 currently incorporates the Touch Math and Handwriting Without Tears curriculum during work times every day, which are both fun and hands on experiences!
We think of our classroom as a community and believe that communication and collaborating with parents and teachers are key to our success! Please contact me with any questions at any time, our door is always open!
The Room 4 Team