August 12, 2020 Welcome to Sutter Middle School!
Dear Sutter Families,
My name is Charissa Guillen and I will be your child’s case manager for their Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the 2020-2021 school year. This is my 5th year at Sutter Middle School, but my 8th year teaching special education math/support classes for middle school, grades 6-8. I have two teaching credentials- a Multuple Subject and Special Ed. Mild/Moderate credential from CSU Sacramento. I also have my Master's Degree in Special education from CSU Sacramento as well. In additional I have Math certifications that allow me to teach math, and I have an Autism certification from Brandman University. I also recently finished my adminstration credential from Sacramento County Office of Education.
Due to the nature of your child’s schedule, I may not always physically see your child, but I do check grades often and communicate with teachers on a pretty regular basis. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have, and also feel free to include me on e- mails sent to their other teachers as well so I can remain in communication with everyone.
I not only manage student IEP’s, but I also teach throughout the day. I teach two SDC Study Skills classes, and one SDC Math class, and I support 6th grade English with Mrs. Conte second period. I also collaborate with the other 6th grade general education teachers on a weekly basis. I also have aide support in Mr. Smith’s class and Ms. Conte’s other English classes- and we refer to these classes as inclusion classes. That being said, this will all look very different with distance learning in place. I do not know if or how my aides will be present online in the classes.
This year is starting off different than any other school year. We are not getting to meet in person with our students and form personal connections to help build relationships. If your child is is one of my classes, I will be spending a lot of time building activites and fun things into lessons to help promote a positive and safe learning environment via online. It is important tht I try to foster relationships with students I have not met in person yet. I promise I will do my best to support your children online to the best of my abilities. I will always be avaialble for questions and will do my best to respond in a timely manner. Sometimes, I do not always know the answer and will seek help from the subject matter teacher, which may reflect a longer response time. I will have a Google home page in addition to the school website and I will be posting important resources on both. Please check them regularly for updates.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to working to support your child their first year here at Sutter. Hope they had a great first week and a relaxing weekend. My contact information will be provided below. The best way to reach me is via e-mail because I can check it and respond even while I have students or other adults in my room, so it is easy to keep information private and confidential with e-mails. I am happy to chat on the phone as well, just provide me with a suitable time frame and number at which to reach you and I will return your call as soon as possible. Thanks so much! Looking forward to meeting all of you in the near future!
Special Education Teacher, M.A.
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 916-294-9035, ext. 320803, Room A-103