Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Special Education Masters of Arts in Special Education Michigan Teaching Certificate: Elementary, K-5 all subjects Cognitive Impairments, K-12 Learning Disabilities, K-12
My name is Elizabeth Craven. I go by the nickname, Betsy. I started teaching in 2003 in the Supported Transition Program. In 2006, I began teaching the Leisure and Recreation (Enrichment) class. In 2020-2021 school year, I started teaching the Life Skills for Home and Work. I have a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, teaching students with cognitive impairments from Western Michigan University and a Masters of Arts in Special Education, teaching students with learning disabilities from Oakland University.
I understand that your student comes with unique experiences, interests and learning styles. My goal is to truly get to know the student and use this knowledge to guide, support and motivate them. I want to expose the student to a variety of skills that they will be able to incorporate into their home life as well as future employment.
Description of Life Skills for Home and Work:
The purpose of this class is teaching students how to be an active member of a household as well as the necessary skills in to find, obtain, and keep a job.
Components of the Class:
- Calendar Skills
- Time Skills
- Money Skills
- Making shopping lists
- Reading simple recipes
- Reading survival signs
- Laundry Skills (using washer/dryers, folding, sorting, etc)
- Cooking Skills (safety, using appliances, using stove/oven, etc)
- Employability Skills (job exploration, interviews, keeping a job, etc)
- Social Skills (how to make friends, communications, social cues, etc)
- Soft Skills (LPS A Community with Character)
- Household chores (sweeping, cleaning tables/chairs, vacuuming, etc)
- Transition Skills (skills needed to make your transition plan come alive)
- Knowledge of Strengths
- Knowledge of Goals
- Leisure and Recreation
All activities and lessons will be leveled to the students' ability level.
Accommodations will be in place based on the students' needs.
All students are graded on the class components based on their ability level.
- 5 = Always performs skill independently
- 4 = Usually performs skill independently
- 3 = More than half of the time, performs skill independently
- 2 = Some of the time, not consistently, performs skill independently
- 1 = Rarely/Never performs skill independently
Students work towards the school wide PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports) goals each day.
- Be Safe
- Be Responsible
- Be Respectful
Students who exhibit these goals will receive a Blue ticket. The Blue tickets can be placed into one of several raffles. Prizes may include gift cards, apparel, and time with the school's animals or staff members. Each week, one of the Blue tickets will be picked and that student will receive the prize.
Education is a partnership between home and school. In order for this partnership to be effective, we need to be able to communicate.
Please feel free to call, write a note, or e-mail me if you have concerns or questions about your student’s education.