Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Boise State University
Hello, I'm Mr. Brown and I get to work with nearly every student here at Joplin! My day is split into two areas, Reading Intervention and running our STEM Lab, both of which I love doing and are found in Room 2.
I work with students in kindergarten through third grade that need some extra help with phonics, like letter knowledge and sounds, reading, and spelling. Is your student in my group? If you get a packet with a letter from me and fun materials, then the answer is yes! On my other tabs you will find videos, games, and (soon) printables that we use in class. Whether or not your student is in my class, fell free to use these resources at home with your students. More things will be added throughout the year, so check back regularly!
STEM Lab and After School
STEM is an acronym for Science Engineering Technology and Math. In the Lab we do fun projects that add to our school's standards-based curriculum like: Using magnets to learn about force, build simple machines to learn how they are used, experiment with electricity by using circuit tiles and Vex sensor test beds, and most importantly use a CAD program to design and 3D print objects! This year our fifth grade students will work with West Ada School Districts Special Services Department to design learning manipulatives that will help students with special needs (i.e. blind, austistic, or have cerebral palsy) learn. We also have two after school programs that will start in January, Scratch Coding for and Beginners Vex Robotics. A new tab will be added about those programs soon.
How can you help as a parent?
While intervention is my position at Joplin, our STEM Lab is completely funded with grants and donations. If you ever want to help purchase materials for the Lab or intervention groups you can make a tax deductible donation through The Education Foundation of the West Ada School District here: DONATE TO THE LAB. Donations go to the materials and programs, not salary.
Select Designation 'Thank a Teacher'
Gift Preferences School '112 Joplin Elementary'
Teacher or Program 'Mr. Brown - Intervention' or 'Mr. Brown STEM', fill out the rest and click donate
Feel free to leave a comment under the Designation tab.
Volunteering in the Lab
Sometimes volunteers are helpful for certain projects and if you'd like to know when those opportunities are available, please email me with times and days you could volunteer and how much notice you need.
Thank you for checking my page and if you ever need to get a hold of me you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.