Special Education

Darcy Payne
Darcy Payne

Darcy Payne

Reading Interventionist and Sp. Ed. Teacher

                        dpayne@rsu13.orgr            354-2312


I grew up in Northern New York State as the youngest of seven children and was fortunate to attend a K-12 school with 500 students. I earned a Bachelor’s and a Masters in Education at the State University of New York at Oswego. I taught pre-school and directed the Craig Child Care Center in Alaska for a couple of years. Then I moved to beautiful Midcoast Maine in 1994. I substituted in the area schools at first. I had a long-term subbing position at St. George from December 1994 to June 1995. In 1995-96 I taught Physical Education at Cushing Community School, substituted, and led the After School Program at Lura Libby School. From the fall of 1996 through June of 2002, I taught in the resource room for middle level students at the St. George School. I moved to the Thomaston Grammar School in 2002-2003 to teach 7 and 8th grade resource room and the VISTAs class. In 2003-2004 I worked part time at TGS with 5th and 6th graders and part time at CCS with 1-4th graders. The next couple of years were spent in the 5th and 6th grade resource room at TGS. I worked full time at CCS 2006-2014 in the dual job as special educator and reading interventionist.   2014-2016 I did the same position at South School in Rockland. This year 2016-2017 I am part time at South School as a reading interventionist and part time at Cushing Community School as a special educator.

In my free time I like to take pictures, scrapbooking, gardening, reading and spending time with my husband, good friends and my goldendoodle, Gracie.

I like to teach in my specialty area because I love working with my students. I am able to help children learn to read and become stronger mathematicians.  I enjoy finding ways to help my students learn and see their excitement as they do grow and learn. I am very fortunate to work with so many grade levels that I get to work with some children for many years.

I really enjoy helping students, their parents and classroom teachers work together.  It does take a team to make true and good progress.  I also try to stress to my students that they have all of us to help them, but they have to be willing to do most of the work.

      Students are expected to read at least 15 minutes a night ideally from books that are at their level. It is expected that this information be recorded on a daily log that either the classroom teacher or I provide. I would like my students to read over the weekend, too, in order to work toward master learning to read. Children are also offered reinforcing homework to do. When students do their homework, they have a chart that a smiley face goes on and when they complete 25 assignments they get to choose a prize (can be achieved in a month’s time). 

        Parents are encouraged to be involved with their children’s education through reading with them and helping them establish a routine at home that includes daily math and reading as well as play time.




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