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Mrs. Abigail Jeong
Hello! I am Abigail Jeong, a teacher of students with Cognitive Impairments and LINK coordinator at Orchard Lake Middle School. This year, I teach students with special needs in the areas of reading, writing, and life skills. I came to OLMS as a long-term substitute in this position in the 2015-2016 school year, and was employed as a full-time teacher the following fall. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2010 and spent several years substitute teaching in Michigan, as well as 2.5 years teaching ESL in South Korea (where I met my husband and frequently return in the summertime.) I am currently enrolled at Michigan State University in an online Master's program for teaching students with Autism. In my spare time, I enjoy distance running, cooking and baking, and travel.
I employ a large variety of learning techniques and authentic learning experiences to appeal to a wide range of skills and interests within my classroom. The training that I have received in the area of special education has made me very aware of the individual needs of each student. I modify and accommodate our learning activities so that each student can participate to the best of their ability. One of my favorite parts of teaching is brainstorming ways to make information pertinent, accessible, and FUN for my students! We are using the Don Johnston Readtopia curriculum in reading class, which is broken into seven different levels to accomodate all students at their reading and comprehension level. Our writing class covers journal writing, essay writing, spelling, grammar, and more. The lessons are largely based around the students' IEP goals and objectives. The students enjoy sharing their written work at the end of many classes.
As a LINK coordinator, I oversee LINK attendance and grades for 2nd, 3rd, and 6th hour. I also have many LINKs in my classroom throughout the day. I am always happy to help LINK students who are unsure of their responsibilities and how they can be helpful. We expect that they will follow adult guidance, will work with the students to help them participate and complete their work, and will keep up with their weekly assignments. Because this is a leadership position, we do expect LINKs to be responsible and to keep their grades up with minimal guidance from the teacher. They have one weekly reflection per week (5+ sentences per week, available on Google classroom) and one essay per semester (1-2 pages, double spaced. Rubric and guidelines are in their LINK packet that they received in training). Our classes really do appreciate the help we receive from the LINK students, and we love spending time getting to know them, as well!