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Mrs. Rachel Heim 

Primary Life Skills Support
"Let's focus on the ability, not the disability!"

Welcome to the Primary Life Skills Support classroom. I am the teacher, Mrs. Rachel Heim. I have 3 paraprofessionals in the room, Mrs. Denyle Eisenhauer, Mrs. Bobbi Jo Peiffer, and Mrs. Deb Fansler.

I love Tulpehocken! I am so glad to be part of this district and the team at Penn-Bernville. I have my Master's in Education (with a focus on Reading) and B.S. in Elementary Education K-6/Special Education K-12 (Mentally/Physically Handicapped) from Kutztown University. I have been teaching at Tulpehocken for 14 years. I started at Bethel Elementary as a Learning Support Teacher (grades K through 5). But have truly found my niche with this population of students. I take pride in preparing students to be independent, functioning adults.

A little bit about myself…I love technology, knitting, reading, and scrapbooking. I am married and have three children, Noah, Maia, and Owen. We live in the area. We love spending time with each other, playing sports, being outdoors, and just “hanging out.”


Our LSS Class
Grades Kindergarten - 6th

In the Life skills classroom, I incorporate a blend of academics and social/life skills, as well as a heavy focus on language development. Instruction is differentiated and individualized based on your child’s needs.

Some academic activities will include: calendar, weather, songs, math (counting, numbers, time, money, shapes), reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, sight and, read alouds), and writing (name, date, letters, words, journaling).  Direct Instruction programs are used for replacement instruction in the areas of language arts and mathematics.

Some of the social and life skills will include: school skills and behaviors,friendship skills, hygiene (teeth brushing, using the bathroom, washing hands), dressing, eating, visiting the community, phone skills, and knowing personal information (first and last name, address, phone numbers). New this year –we’ll be learning about some science and social studies concepts.

We will do fine motor (like puzzles, tracing, cutting) and gross motor (like throwing,dancing, jumping, moving around) activities.  Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech/Language Therapists visit the classroom as well.
Form!!! This is the physical needed for your child to participate in the Special Olympics. Only needed every 3 years, see Mrs. Heim for due date.
LSS Specials
DAY 1   Art
DAY 2   Music
DAY 3   Library Bring Library Books!
DAY 4   Computer
DAY 5   Guidance
DAY 6   P.E. Wear sneakers!
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27 Rehrersburg Road
Bethel, PA 19507