New school, new teacher, new room

West Side welcomes Brandy Mowery

Smile! Teacher Brandy Mowery sits with Justin Baxter while listening to songs and guitar. The kids were enjoying the fun songs. “The most rewarding part of my job is probably seeing how much the kids grow,” Mowery said.

Our school welcomes a new teacher in the Special Education department and we’re lucky to have her.  She came from Battleground Middle School working as a paraprofessional and made the switch to West Side.  “One of my friends who works at GLASS (Greater Lafayette Area Special Services) told me about this opening and I talked with Tracy Holdman and Shelby Johnson and I was offered the job,” Mowery said.

She has seven students on her caseload but nine who she sees everyday.  “A lot of the time what we do is we will start as a big group and then we will split up and work with different students so that they get more one on one instruction,” Mowery said.

Our school is lucky to have a whole new room and area for the special ed department in the new wing.  There is a big room with multiple side rooms and a kitchen. Mowery says, “The new room is beautiful. I have been in a lot of special ed rooms and this is the best one I have ever seen.  It’s really nice down here.” 

Mowery says, “My goal for this year is to really dive into the Certificate of Completion which is something new for my students.  It’s a diploma track for students who are not on the Core 40 or higher so they will get a diploma and a certificate when they leave high school like everyone else.”

“My favorite part of working here is how welcoming West Side is and seeing how much the kids grow,” Mowery said.

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