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Michelle Lee-Reid

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DCD Program, room 116

office (612) 668=4410

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.  My program is called Functional Academics.  I teach reading, math, science, social studies, writing, social skills, and functional skills at each student's level in small and large groups.  Our primary math program is Saxon math--a manipulative-based developmental math curriculum.  We are using a combination of reading programs which teach reading by decoding (sounding out by letter sounds); I also use a variety of other reading and math curricula to best meet each student's needs.

I send homework home on Wednesdays and it is due the following Tuesday.  Homework is individualized for each student based on his/her IEP goals.  There is usually math homework and reading homework.  Your child should be able to complete the homework independently, except for parts of the reading homework in which they must read to someone.  Research shows that the more they read, the better readers they become.  

We are an environmental school and, as such, we are outside every day unless directed by the principal to stay in due to cold temperatures/wind chills.  We have daily recess, environmental education class, gym class that goes outside, and I take my students out for learning when possible.  In the winter, students cross country ski and snowshoe.  Please remember to make sure your child is prepared 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.  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 veterinarian, 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 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 email me at or call before or after school or during my preparation period (2:05-3:00 Monday-Wednesday, 12:15-1:10 Thursday and 2:05-3:00 Friday) at the school number:  612-668-4410.  Please avoid calling 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 to leave a message and I will call you back during my preparation time or after school.  



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