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DCD Program, room 116

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Dowling School
Urban Environmental Magnet School
3900 W River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Hi!  My name is Michelle Lee-Reid.  I am a classroom teacher of students with moderate developmental cognitive disabilities (DCD), in grades 2-5.  I teach reading, math, science, social studies, writing, and social skills at each student's level in small and large groups.  Our primary math program is Saxon math--a manipulative-based developmental math curriculum.  For reading, we are using a framework called Comprehensive Literacy Instruction which includes word work, phonics, comprehension through shared and guided reading, and writing.

I send homework home on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and it is due the following Tuesday.  I typically send home a math or reading game or an emergent reader for students to practice reading to family.  

We are an environmental school and, as such, we are outside every day unless there is a thunderstorm or very cold temperatures.  We have daily recess, environmental education class, gym class that goes outside, and we will be outside every Tuesday for Tree Tuesday, as well spending time outdoors with inclusion classrooms.  In the winter, students cross country ski, sled, and snowshoe.  Please remember to make sure your child is dressed for the weather.  In winter, they need to have boots, snowpants, warm mittens, a hat, a warm jacket, and shoes to wear in the building every day.  On rainy days, a rain jacket or poncho and rain boots are helpful.  For pool, they need to have a swimsuit and towel.  Thank you! 

About me:
I started teaching in Minneapolis in 1991.  I am a parent as well as a teacher.  All three of my children attended Dowling.  My oldest now lives in New York after graduating from New York University, my middle is at the University of Minnesota to become a wildlife biologist, and my youngest attends South High School.  I enjoy gardening, walking, biking, traveling, reading, and spending time with my children.  My husband teaches music at St. Paul Academy after being a stay-at-home dad for over ten years.  We love to travel as a family and have traveled to numerous countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. 

Education:  I have a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Special Education from the University of Minnesota.  I have 2 Bachelor of Science degrees from St. Cloud State University in Special Education (two areas: mild to moderate and severe to profound) and Secondary English/Language Arts.  I hold current teacher licensure in all three areas.

To contact me, please text me on the Remind app, email me at, or call before or after school or during my preparation period (9:55-10:50) at the school number:  612-668-4410.  Please avoid calling at other times during the school day unless it is an immediate concern because it is very distracting for the students and it interrupts my lessons; if you call then, you may be asked by the office staff to leave a message and I will call you back during my preparation time or after school.  



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