ABOUT THE TALK
We will discuss problems families will face when their child has a chronic illness such as missed instruction due to hospitalizations, virtual learning challenges, obtaining 504’s and IEPs and difficulties with home instruction. We will also then discuss creative solutions to these problems.
*This session is open to adults with FA, primary caregivers and parents of children with FA.
Valerie Theile, MEd has been a School Specialist III at Cincinnati Children’s since August 2012 in oncology, but has since expanded to multiple areas in the hospital. She works as a liaison between the school, medical team, and families to set up appropriate supports for patients with various chronic illnesses. Valerie co-leads the professional development committee in Cincinnati Children’s School Services, both presenting and coordinating presentations to local school personnel. Valerie serves as a coach for School Services, helping implement new initiatives. Prior to her job at Cincinnati Children’s, Valerie taught special education for ten years, teaching at all grade levels, and she has her principal licensure as well.
Sarah Steinke, Med, MA has expertise on the topic of the hospital teacher because she has spent her career as a hospital teacher. Sarah has worked for different departments and have taught a variety of patient populations. Prior to her time at the hospital, she taught high school social studies and is a mom to 3 kids. Currently she is a School Specialist III serving the patients with the highest educational risk for The Center for School Services. She also coordinates many community and university volunteers and student teachers and heads the teacher licensure for the hospital.