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Hello all!  Thank you for visiting my page.   I am starting my 8th year of teaching in the Special Ed. Department here at Nicholas County High School. This year, I will be co-teaching in the English IV, Algebra I, Geometry, and Biology classes.  I will also serve as the Project Grad Coordinator once again this year. 

I am from Maysville and have lived there for 45 years.  I graduated from Mason County High School in 1989, received my Bachelor of Arts in Education from Midway College in 2008, and completed my Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of the Cumberlands in 2014.  I am certified in Pre-5 regular education and Pre-12 Special Education. 

I am married to Jeff Irvin and have 4 daughters.  I also am the Nana of a lovely little girl named Natalie.  I attend New Beginnings Family Worship Center and am an active member with our youthgroup. 

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at shawna.irvin@nicholas.kyschools.us.

 

 

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”

~Rita Pierson

 

 

As special educators, we believe that each individual with a disability is entitled to the support necessary to maximize his/her potential. Every child deserves to receive the best education possible, regardless of special needs.  The Special Education staff, along with teachers and other staff members, has a commitment to the following objectives:

  • To create an effective climate for learning by following the information on a child’s IEP according to their specific disability.
  • To provide and implement assignment and testing accommodations as stipulated on the IEP.
  • To be conscious of students’ academic abilities and/or disabilities and strive to provide them with the tools and services they need as individuals to succeed academically and in society.
  • To support and act as a resource for classroom teachers working with students with special needs.
  • To encourage students to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses so that they can become good advocates for themselves in all settings. 

As a special education teacher, I encourage all students to understand the differences among all students.  I believe that understanding diversity is important not only as part of a classroom, but as part of life in itself.  We are all different in some form or fashion. Every child is part of a society and should be given the same opportunities as everyone else, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they may have.

 We further believe this can only be accomplished through a partnership which includes general education, special education and parents.