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Ms. Jennifer Poorbaugh
Hi! I'm the Autism and Behavior Support Teacher at Centennial. I started my career 16 years ago teaching students with emotional and behavioral disabilities at a 5-day residential treatment center in Durham, North Carolina. I brought the foundations of of my training there to help me develop the BST Program here. The core of the BST Program is a point sheet system that is tied into stages of privileges that can be earned. Students also earn Wolf dollars through the point system that can be spent in the BST store as well as on school-wide PBIS rewards. All teachers help support these students by participating in the point sheet system, too -- this is an amazing team of teachers to work with!
The PTA at Centennial is one of the most supportive groups of people! They granted the BST Program funds last year to create a BST store, and I hope to develop it even more this year. I teach students in all 3 grade levels, a curriculum assistance class that highlights social skills, anger management, developing self-awareness and self-monitoring skills as well as working on educational goals. As much as I've become a part of the Centennial community of teachers over the last 2 years, I also work each year to develop a close relationship with the parents and families of BST students so that we can work together to make their children successful students!
Mr. Chappell is the BST Assistant Teacher who works closely with me each day to help our BST systems run smoothly and efficiently not only in our BST Classroom but throughout the school building. Centennial has a really strong network of dedicated substitute teachers, as well, providing familiar faces whenever teachers can't be there (trainings, illness). Mr. Sen is the substitute who's worked to be here in BST whenever Mr. Chappell or myself have to be out, so that the BST Program can be run as smoothly as possible every day no matter what. Here's looking forward to an awesome 2017-2018 school year!