When you walk into Mrs. Cindy Bass’s special education room, not surprisingly you’ll find many books, magnetic letters, charts and white boards. The small kidney-shaped table is centered in the room with more learning materials. She uses laptops to do research online and have her students do their own research and play educational games.
What you might be surprised to find are deer antlers, a starfish and sea shells.
“This is what really gets my students curious and asking questions,” Bass says. “I love their excitement they have for nature.”
Her students are second-, third- and fourth-graders. Bass enjoys that they are very excited about learning and still like school. They are starting to develop a sense of independence and she likes watching that process.
“I love my job because I see my kids growing,” Bass says.
Her daily focuses are small groups of students that meet for thirty to sixty minutes. Together they study reading, math, writing or even work on behavior. Working with students who need a bit of extra help is her strength.
They study word decoding, fluency and comprehension. They study basic addition and subtraction, long division and even fractions.
Building strong social skills is just as important to her and her students. She teaches them to be ‘bucket fillers.’ This project is modeled after a children’s book and teaches children to be kind to each other by writing compliments about someone else. Bass even has small tin buckets with the children’s names on them. The goal is to fill someone’s bucket.
Bass has been at Perkins for a total of eight years. She enjoys the community of teachers, staff and families that work so well together. She touts that Perkins has one of the best PTAs ever.
When not loving her position with her students at Perkins, you can find Bass enjoying her flower garden. She’s already seeing daffodils. She enjoys reading and reaching back to when she once was a music teacher and singing and playing the piano.
Her parents have relocated from Bondurant where she grew up. They are now closer to her amd living in Johnston. Her three children are local as well. She has one grandchild who is two-and-a-half years-old.
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