A NEW BEGINNING
This summer the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program was moved from the Charleston School District into the Mattoon School District. Staff spent the summer moving furniture, unpacking boxes, and getting settled into their new classrooms. After weeks of hard work, the classrooms were filled with bright posters, new materials, and smiling staff were present to greet the students on their first day of classes. The elementary class is located at Williams Elementary School. There are 2 teachers, 2 interpreters and 10 students from 6 different districts in this class.
The Mattoon Middle School is hosting our classroom at this level. This classroom has one teacher, one paraprofessional and three students that are all from the Mattoon district.
The Mattoon High School is hosting our last classroom. There is one teacher, one aide, two interpreters and 7 students from 4 districts.
The students were nervous about attending a new school, but those nerves were quickly gone as they were greeted with principals using sign language, staff welcoming them into their classrooms with open arms, and new friends showing them around the buildings. With the help of many amazing employees the transition to a new district was smooth. One of our high school students was asked if he liked his new school. His response summed up everyone’s feelings as he said, “I love it here!”