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Lee Pesky Learning Center has entered into a unique partnership with Boise State University and surrounding school districts to create a graduate level special education teacher preparation program. Through the Special Education Collaborative, special education candidates take coursework at Boise State University’s College of Education while completing an intensive internship under the guidance of Lee Pesky Learning Center specialists.

The primary intent of the program is to provide a flexible, high quality learning experience that cultivates the specialized knowledge, skills, and disposition that are needed for long-term success in the field. Teacher candidates in the one-year online program earn both a Master in Teaching degree and a certification in Special Education.

To learn more about this important partnership, contact Dr. Evelyn Johnson by phone or email: (208) 333.0008, ejohnson@lplearningcenter.org.

 

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Meet our Pesky Scholars

Pragnyaa Chakravarthy

Pragnyaa is originally from India and moved to Boise 4 years ago. Since coming to teach at Lee Pesky Learning Center 2 years ago, Pragnyaa says understanding the difficulties that children with LD face has been her greatest challenge, especially due to her lack of experience in Special Education.

“The program’s structure, content and most importantly the mentoring is more than I could ask for. The fact that I also get to continue to work with my current students here as I earn my Masters is wonderful and fulfilling. I feel very fortunate and would like to express my humble gratitude to Evelyn Johnson and Alan and Wendy Pesky for providing me with this perfect opportunity. I sincerely hope to be able to make full use of this opportunity and become a mentor myself at Pesky for aspiring, passionate Special Education teachers.”

Jodi Riley

Screen Shot 2016-01-16 at 1.02.56 AMJodi is joining us from Oklahoma where she recently retired from the Air Force after 24 years and is looking forward to a second career in special
education. Jodi is excited to be a part of the Lee Pesky team to ensure that she will be ready to achieve her goal of working with elementary school students with disabilities. She is passionate about helping them learn the foundational skills that support their later learning. She
and her husband, Bill, look forward to putting down roots in the Treasure Valley and exploring their new home state with their two sons, Xander and Sam.