My name is Susie Schainost (pronounced: Shy-nest).
I am an education with care advocate. Humans are relational; educating with care means to be
responsive to interdependence.
As a principal and teacher
for over twenty-five years,
listening to individuals share personal experiences with education and its systems
shapes my understanding of
disability versus impairment.
Since the enactment of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975
(also known as P.L. 94-142, renamed IDEA in 1990, IDEIA in 2004),
schools have an affirmative obligation to protect students
ages 3-21 (or until high school graduation - whichever comes first),
recognize parent / student rights to Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE),
evaluate needs, provide appropriate services (without stigma)
and access to general education classrooms (mainstream) as much as possible.
IDEIA is meaningful for its expansion of individualized planning and
collaboration among disciplines and school divisions.
Experiences through public, Montessori, and independent schools
have guided me in advocating for and working with every type of brain
from preschool through graduate level programs. I especially enjoy teaching minds
that learn through the lens of dyslexia,
Attention Deficit Disorders, and Tourette’s syndrome.
As humans, we each have unique experiences with learning and living.
I work to identify and develop creative experiences that will help educators,
students, and families build their voice and achieve success.
Educating with care begins by listening with respect and communicating with clarity
to define and inductively respond to areas of need.
T he tabs through my e-portfolio share examples and links illustrating
my perspectives and experiences
with accessible teaching with care.