JEANNE BLAKE - DIRECTOR
My name is Jeanne Blake, and I am thrilled about my role in the brand-new Placer Academy Learning Center. Intervention and teacher support are passions of mine. After getting my BA and Teaching Credential at Sac State, I worked in the Yuba City Unified School District for 13 years. I taught 5th, 2nd, and 3rd grades until I became the Interventionist for Andros Karperos School. As the Interventionist, I worked with students from Kindergarten through 8th grade who had trouble acquiring reading skills and managed our school’s Response to Intervention program. I also trained and supported the teachers to make the most of their in-class intervention times and for maximum student growth. Watching students become successful and push themselves to master a challenge is awesome. Nothing gives me more joy than watching a child feel empowered by using their grit to accomplish a goal! I was also a BTSA Support Provider for seven years. Supporting teachers in their classrooms, through observations, and researching skills and strategies that support both student learning and exceptional teaching was amazingly fulfilling and continued to reignite my passion for education daily. Taking this position fills me with the same enthusiasm!
GREG HAWKINS - DYSLEXIA AIDE
I am fortunate to be here at Placer Academy for my second year! After retiring from full-time teaching in two public school districts, New Haven and Dry Creek, I knew a position had to exist that could use my background and experience, and it’s right here in Rocklin where I call home. Teaching methods and curricula have changed since I received my first credential (Single Subject Language Arts) in 1994, but the importance of reading has not. Helping kids grow in their ability to decode and comprehend written English is rewarding and challenging, which is what keeps me going. In 2007, I earned a second credential (Mild/Moderate Special Education) and moved over from teaching in a General Education classroom to a Learning Center. This move gave me the opportunity to work with students in smaller groups and focus on targeted intervention strategies, primarily with Reading and Writing. In both settings I have found that kids respond positively to research based teaching methods delivered in a thoughtful and professional manner, as will be the case in the Learning Center here at Placer Academy. Kids inherently love to learn and I am fortunate to be able to help facilitate their learning.
EMILY JACOBSON - SEL AIDE
I love working at Placer Academy. I first discovered this school as a parent, when my son joined the program in third grade. After two years of volunteering, I applied for an aide position and found myself helping the third grade staff and students be the best they could be. I then moved to the junior high where I absolutely adored reminding teens how amazing they are and guiding them through this often challenging phase. This year, I am thrilled to be apart of the Learning Center team. It is truly a dream job for me with a program that I have been hoping to help build since my first months at Placer Academy. I am currently enrolled in a Social Emotional Learning Certificate program and am excited to combine this knowledge with my Para Education training and 4 year Bachelor degree in English, to empower all of our students with the critical life skill of social emotional understanding. When I’m not doing this, I am helping raise a 10 year old funny and strong willed daughter and a gentle compassionate son, embarking on his first year of high school. My husband and I met while traveling the world on a ship and now continue to take our two kids on adventures far and wide. I am an extreme animal lover and have been known to bring all sorts of furry creatures to school, including my own dog, Olive. Peekaboo, the cat, prefers to lounge in my garden, my favorite place to recharge. If I had a choice, I’d be at the beach, near a garden.