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SMILES
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Began at St. Mary's: 1986

                                             
Educational Background:   BS, Bowling Green State University, Education                                                     

 

If you are wondering exactly what ‚ÄúSMILES‚ÄĚ is, you have come to the right place to find out.¬† SMILES is an acronym for St. Mary‚Äôs Improvement of LEarning Skills and is a tutoring program offering support to Kindergarten and 1st grade students.¬† Trained volunteer tutors, under my supervision, work one on one with Kindergarten students on basic learning skills such as visual and auditory discrimination & memory, gross & fine motor, and language development.¬† First graders get help with phonics, reading, math and writing, as needed.¬† Most students come to SMILES twice a week for 20 minute tutoring sessions as long as needed.¬† Games and fun activities are used to reinforce these skills, so coming to SMILES is a very positive experience for the children. The SMILES program was awarded the ‚ÄúExcellence in Education‚ÄĚ award by the diocese. It is a program unique to St. Mary‚Äôs and one more reason our school is so special.