Phone: 208-350-4458 Ext.1120
Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees- Timberline High School Alum AA - Elementary Education - College of Western Idaho BS - Elementary Education/special ed - Lewis-Clark State College M.ed - in progress - Advanced Special Education - Concordia University Certifications - Idaho teaching credential -Highly Qualified Status - Elementary Education - Exceptional Child Certificate
Mrs. Kristi Young
Welcome to the 2019/20 School Year!!!
This year, I am the teacher and case manager for our entire Extened Resource Program. Our students who recieve ERR supports all recieve individualized suport across their school day and benefit from alternate curriculum at their own level in one or more CORE subjects.
Our school has the most amazing supports for our expectional students! Did you know that we have unviversal supports built into the entire school so that ALL students can utilize their best experience? Our classroom has 4 different colors of fully adjustable lighting, the entire school uses LED instead of flourescent lights (which as we know can adversly affects individuals with light sensativity), we have audio amplification available in every single classroom, any locker can be keyed to accomodate learners who may need extra supports to learn how to navigate combination locks, and our cafeteria has a visual picture menu system so that all students can see which food is available at each line. These are just a few of the awesome tangible suppports that are built into Star Middle School!
My teaching philosophy is to give every student the tools that they need to reach their maximum potential.My job is to embrace my students and their unique gifts and talents as well as their needs; educate our community and our peers about inclulsion and acceptance, and empower each student to find their super power! Each student truly does have a unique gift that only they can offer this world; my job is to meet them where they are and to give them tools along side their family and community to be the best they can be.
On a personal note, I enjoy photography, reading, tinkering with pinterest projects, and gardening. We are deeply rooted in our community and we can be found here in Star at many of the community events. If you ever see me out and about, please feel free to say "hello"!
My husband and I have three children - 2 boys and 1 girl (ages 12, 11, 8). I am a hockey/baseball/Girl Scout mom which keeps me pretty busy. As a parent I come from a really well rounded perspective because my daughter is affected by Cerebral Palsy. I truly do know and appriciate that our programs and laws were built on the will power of strong parents! In my “spare time” I enjoy volunteering with church or Girl Scouts and am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Council for Exceptional Children.
Did you know?
I am the Children & Youth Action Network Coordinator for the State of Idaho for the Council for Exceptional Children.
As well as local outreach and advocacy on a State level, over the past 2 summers I was able to take the opportunity to join Special Educatioon profressionals from 46 states in Washington DC. We collaborated on our our local programs as well as our federal programs and we ALL met with our federal legislators to advocate for currect bills that are passing their way through the Federal Legislature. These legislative topics included school funding, teacher retention, early childhood programs, and mental health supports for our students.
Degrees and Certifications:
As an extended resource team we would not be able to do what we do without our wonderful support staff. All of our paraprofessionals have at least an associate's degree or have passed the paraprofessional praxis test. Our staff is also MANDT trained and has recieved training in positive behavioral intervention and trauma informed interventions.