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
2018/19 school year will be my 5th year year teaching, I completed my first year and my student teaching in the Boise School District and I taught 3 years at Desert Sage Elementary in ERR before finding my Star Middle School Family. I have served children affected by disabilities for 19 years in various capacities. Teaching Special Education has been my dream since I was 6 years old! Prior to my teaching career, I served individuals mainly in the age range of middle school so it is good to be back on familiar territory.
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! The staff here is also incredibly well informed and open to learning and trying new and sometimes "out of the box" supports for our students. Star is truly blessed by this Middle School.
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 been married for 12 years and have three children - 2 boys and 1 girl (ages 11, 10, and 7), I am a hockey/baseball/Girl Scout mom which keeps me pretty busy. My oldest son plays baseball (spring & fall) in the Major division, my younger son is in the Squirts division in Hockey, and my daughter is a Brownie in Girl Scouts. 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.
This past summer (2018) 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 state 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.
Our 2018/19 Room 120 paraprofessional staff are: