St. Louise School employs two learning specialists – Melissa Cantu and Karen Salmon. These learning specialists report to the vice-principal and collaborate with teachers. As the full-time learning specialist, Ms. Cantu creates Student Support Plans for K-8 students in partnership with parents, teachers, and the vice-principal. She also supports students (primarily 6th-8th graders) with learning strategies, organization, executive functioning, study skills, and provides individual instruction as appropriate. Mrs. Salmon is a part-time learning specialist who supports students (primarily PK-5th graders) with learning strategies, study skills, and provides individual instruction as appropriate. Both learning specialists serve as resources for the teachers.
Employing learning specialists and creating Student Support Plans better ensures that each individual child’s learning needs are addressed to help the student meet the unique and rigorous challenges of the St. Louise curriculum with success and a sense of competence. St. Louise Parish School recognizes our responsibility in offering a learning environment that fosters growth while attending to the individual needs of our students. Understanding our financial, personnel, and facility limitations, we attempt to enroll and serve children with learning differences and/or learning disabilities to every extent possible.
To meet the above objectives, we provide services utilizing a team approach. The vice-principal, learning specialist(s), homeroom teacher, and student’s parent(s) comprise a child’s Support Team. The team collaborates and utilizes outside professionals to identify and meet the student’s learning and/or social development needs. These guidelines are typically followed in order to implement services which will support a student’s unique needs.
For more information, please refer to "Student Support Plans and Learning Specialists" on page 54 of the Policies and Guidelines document.