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School: J.W. Mitchell High School

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County: Pasco



Leslie Jacobs started out in the business world after graduating with Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University in Deland Florida. After 15 years in banking, she wanted to pursue an avenue that was more family friendly and decided to go back to school for a degree in physical therapy. This led to 10 year career as a physical therapist assistant in the Pasco County School District. As she worked with different types of students in many various classrooms she felt the desire to have a larger impact on her students' lives. With this goal in mind, Leslie obtained a teaching certification in Exceptional Student Education. Since August 2006, Leslie has been a teacher of students with autism and supported and participatory Intellectual Disabilities. She teaches at JW Mitchell High School in Pasco County, focusing on Math and Science for students in grades 9-12. In 2008 she earned her Autism endorsement and completed a Masters of Art in Teaching degree from University of South Florida St Petersburg in 2010.

Leslie has worked on curriculum mapping for the Science and Math High School programs for supported and participatory InD population and been instrumental in instituting blended scheduling for students in those populations. She is an adjunct professor at Pasco Hernando Community College employed by University of South Florida St Petersburg.

As a member of the Community of Practice for ACCESS (Access to the Common Core for Exceptional Student Success) Leslie participated in the National Center and State Collaborative Item Tryouts Study.

She is a co-author of a research paper titled "The Three R's of Alternative Certification Teaching: Readiness, Retention and Reflection".

PEPSA Partner: Proposed Project (2012)

Project Description:

How to accurately assess the knowledge that are students have in the area of math. She would like to try setting up an account with Khan Academy and see if there are ways that her students with autism can follow the math lessons and show an understanding of the concepts.

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This product was developed by the Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with ASD, a project funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, K-12 Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.