Teacher Darleen Perry's own experiences with a hearing impairment have inspired her to provide state-of-the-art, individualized instruction to her special education students, currently at Chimacum Creek Primary School in Chimacum and previously at Union Gap Elementary and Middle School in Union Gap. For those students struggling to learn to read, she implemented an innovative program using visual and tactile aids to make sound awareness concepts understandable to children with learning disabilities and/or hearing impairments. She also engages students in exercises encouraging the development of pathways to the brain through body movement. She helps struggling writers and readers with a highly structured, one-on-one program called Reading Naturally, which involves daily reading and writing with immediate and continuous feedback. Mrs. Perry keeps a detailed notebook on each student's individual needs and progress, pursues training on how to deal with specific disabilities and often acquires assistive technology to address the needs of each child's unique condition.
1990 Central Washington University, B.S.