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K-6 Emotional Support
Mrs. Tanya Peter
Welcome to the emotional support classroom at Penn-Bernville Elementary! I believe that parent involvement is one of the most important factors that affects student achievement and therefore communication between home and school on a regular basis is essential. Please feel free to contact me through email at tpeter@tulpehocken.org. I look forward to helping your child learn, grow, and become a successful student! - Mrs. Peter

About Us
Mrs. Peter: This is my third year at Penn-Bernville and I am so excited to return as the K-6 Emotional Support Teacher. I am currently attending Arcadia University for my Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with a concentration in Autism. I have my Bachelor's in Elementary Education K-4 as well as Special Education K-8. Before coming to Tulpehocken as an Emotional Support Teacher, I taught Learning Support for 4 years at Roosevelt Middle School in Springfield, Ohio. I moved back to my hometown here in Pennsylvania during the summer of 2014 and was married that October. During the 2014-2015 school year I worked as a paraprofessional in a 7th grade Learning Support classroom at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School. In my free time I enjoy reading, working outside, spending time with friends and family, and in the winter I love to go snowmobiling. My husband and I enjoy gardening, traveling, and taking care of our two cats, Karmen and Brooke and dog, Sebastian.
Mrs. Diggan: I have worked for TASD for 9 years, 7 years as a substitute and 2 years as a Learning Support Paraprofessional at Penn-Bernville Elementary. I recently graduated from the Para Academy at the BCIU. I am retired from a management position of 30 1/2 years at Post Precision Investment Castings. I am a widow of 13 years. I have two daughters ages 48 and 41 and a set of twin (a boy & girl) grandchildren who just turned 21 and are in college in Florida. Most of my spare time is spent reading books and working on my flower beds.
Mrs. Gettle: I have been with Tulpehocken School District for 3 years, one as a substitute para. I joined the lunch staff last year. A position opened in the ESL room and I moved there for the remainder of last year. I also was the crossing guard. Now I have the pleasure of being in the ES room. In my spare time, I love to mow grass, I also love to sit on my desk and enjoy the view. I enjoy sports with my husband.

Mrs. Kershner: This will be my second year in the ES room. I started at Penn-Bernville in March of 2015, working in the Learning Support Room. After graduating from Bloomsburg with a teaching degree, I decided to help my husband with his business. When we closed the business I decided to go back to what I went to school for. We have four children ages 17-6. I have one starting kindergarten and one starting senior year o fhigh school! They certainly keep my busy, but we all love doing this together. When I get time to myself you will find me reading or gardening, weather permitting. I truly love being at PB, TASD is where I grew up so I guess maybe I'm a little partial. Seriously though, I really enjoy working with the students, staff, and faculty at PB!
Mrs. Reed: I have worked as a paraprofessional with the Tulpehocken Area School District for 24 years. This is my 5th year as an ES paraprofessional. I am a wife, mother and grandmother. Most of my free time is spent taking care of alpacas on our alpaca farm.
Mrs. Schur: This is my third year working for TASD. My first year I worked in the lunch room and was asked to help on occasion in the ES room. From that moment on I knew that was where I wanted to be. The following year I took an open position in the Special Education department and couldn't be happier with the choice. I recently graduated from the BCIU Para Academy. I have had the privilege of working with many different children, with many different needs. I am a mom of 5, ages 8-22, and including a set of twins, a boy and girl. In my spare time. my husband and I love to take little day trips with the kids. I love to read, make hair bows, and most of all travel.
Mrs. Sullivan: I have been in the ES room for almost 4 years. Prior to that I subbed in different positions at the school. I have 2 children, Brogan and Calleigh. I have been a PA certified EMT since 2002. I graduated from the Para Academy at the BCIU in 2015. In my free time, I like to garden and do beading. I also love to travel; especially to the beach. I have been married for 17 years and I have two beloved Great Danes named Killian and Finnegan. Most of my free time revolves around my family but I do also enjoy walking to stay in shape.
Mrs. Yatchyshyn: This is my fourth year at Penn Bernville. My first year was spent in the Life Skills classroom working with different students. I really feel at home here, since all 3 of my children have gone to PB. I love that the faculty and staff here have made me feel so welcome. You may occasionally see me in the school with my dog, Minnie. Minnie has been a regular in the halls at Penn Bernville. She loves to visit the children and volunteer her time in the classroom listening to them read. She's never met a child she didn't love. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, running, gardening, and painting. 

Our Classroom

We serve a variety of elementary students ranging in ability in an environment that meets their educational needs. There are students who receive services from the ES staff in their regular education classroom, students who receive instruction in their regular education classes as well as in the ES classroom, and students who attend the ES classroom for all of their instruction. We strive to provide students with the classroom environment that supports their individual strengths and needs.

Our classroom instructs students using valid and research based direct instruction programs in the four major subject areas. The predictable language, signaling, and routine that is used in each lesson helps students to experience success in these programs. Students are able to advance through challenging topics quickly while also ensuring proficiency in each lesson.

We also address the social-emotional needs of each student. As an ES team, we identify problematic behavior, collect data, obtain teacher feedback, as well as listen to the social and academic concerns of both the student and parents. We address the needs of each student by individually tailoring materials and providing them with the necessary instruction. Teaching strategies include social and emotion games, student contracts, feeling thermometers, social stories, sensory self-regulation, and much more!

On a weekly basis, students who qualify receive services from Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, School Counselor, and School Psychologist.


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Bethel, PA 19507
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