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Jelly's Class {Plese/Westall}

Hello! Happy School Year! We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Our classroom is a co-taught classroom and has been for the past four years.  STEP is one of our favorite places and we are lucky to do what we love everyday.

My name is Jill Westall. I have been working with STEP students for the past six years and I truly enjoy it. I graduated from Northern Illinois University with Special Education. In the spring of 2016, I received a Masters in Teacher Leader with an endorsement in English as a Second Language.

My name is Kelly Plese. I have been working at STEP for the past five years and I can’t imagine teaching anywhere else. I graduated from Carthage College with a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education. In spring of 2012, I graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a Master’s Degree in Administration and Leadership.

We are extremely excited to be working with your student this year. We also have the pleasure of working with Sharon and Jan, our classroom paraprofessionals.  We maintain an open door policy so please call or email us whenever needed.  E-mail is the easiest and quickest way for us to communicate. Please check your student’s weekly calendar that will be given every Friday to keep up to date with our community trips. Also, be sure that your son/daughter is dressed appropriately for community trips (pace bus trips, recreational activities, etc.)