Bridging the Gap 2nd and 3rd Grade Classroom

The BTG 2nd-3rd Grade Classroom is for students 7-9 years old (as of September 1) who benefit from a small group learning environment based on structure and reinforcement.  Students are taught using both small group and whole group instruction.  Academics, as well as social skills, are taught based on individual performance.  Both South Carolina State and Common Core Standards are utilized to guide curriculum selection and presentation.     

The focus of the BTG 2nd-3rd Grade Classroom is to extend the academic skills gained in 1st grade and continue the development of group and social skills such as team work and peer play.  BTG classes also attend regular field trips in the local community.  The hours for BTG 2nd-3rd Grade are 8:15am-3:15pm.

Stemming from a traditional one-on-one ABA setup, children are taught to respond within different student-to-teacher ratios, teaching styles, and classroom environments. This process generalizes skills learned in traditional one-on-one ABA therapy to a group environment and teaches students how to learn in a group setting. BTG places a large emphasis on improving adaptive and self-regulation skills to reduce the occurrence of potentially disruptive behaviors.

BTG 2nd-3rd Grade Weekly Schedule

BTG 2nd-3rd Grade Weekly Schedule

Lead Teacher, Ms. Callie

I am very excited to be working for Hope in a small classroom setting. After teaching special education in the public schools, for 5 years I wanted to focus primarily on students with Autism. I love ABA and finally have a chance to use it on a daily basis and use my education degrees at the same time each day. 

I have completed the BCBA program and look forward to working with therapists and clients from all different backgrounds and experiences. 

Degrees: undergraduate in early childhood special education and a masters in Autism and behavioral disorders from Auburn. 

My husband and I met at Auburn University and moved to Spartanburg in June 2015.  I love walking my dog, Newton (war eagle) and reading a good book!

Assistant Teacher, Ms. Valerie

Valerie joined the Hope Reach team in January, 2016, as a line therapist. She previously work with children with autism for five years in Pennsylvania.

Valerie loves interacting with kids of all ages, and teaching them is her passion. 

Valerie grew up in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. She has many years of experience in the school setting with children in grades Prek-12.

Outside of work Valerie enjoys boating, traveling and gardening.