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 Certifications - Idaho teaching credential -Highly Qualified Status - Elementary Education - Exceptional Child Certificate
Mrs. Kristi Young
Welcome to the 2020/21 School Year!!!
I am the teacher and case manager for our Extended Resource Program as well as the Special Education Department Head. 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 inclusion and acceptance, and empower each student to find their super power! Each student truly has 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 exploring new places, reading, writing, doing crafts, gardening, and cooking. My husband and I have three children - 2 boys and 1 girl (ages 13, 12, 9). I am a hockey/baseball/Girl Scout mom which keeps me pretty busy. As a parent/educator, I come from a really well rounded perspective because my daughter is affected by Cerebral Palsy. I truly do know and appreciate 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. 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"!
What is ERR? - Our students who receive ERR (Extended resource room) supports all receive individually designed support across their school day and benefit from alternate curriculum at their own level in one or more CORE subjects.
About our School - Our school has the most amazing supports for our exceptional students! Did you know that we have universal supports built into the entire school so that ALL students can utilize their best experience? My functional skills classroom has 4 different colors of fully adjustable lighting, the entire school uses LED instead of florescent lights (which as we know can adversely affects individuals with light sensitivity), we have audio amplification available in every single classroom, any locker can be keyed to accommodate 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 supports that are built into Star Middle School!
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.
Our Classroom Paraprofessionals are
- Jenny Hoots
- Paige Frederickson
- Tiffany Miller
- Julieanna Weiler