James Ward Elementary School

Candice Mann » Resource


Hello! My name is Candice Mann and I am the Resource Teacher for the second grade classes at Ward Elementary. My work is with students who have been identified as needing an IEP based curriculum.

I hold a Bachelors of Science degree in home economics from McNeese State University as well as being certified in elementary education for grades 1-4 and Mild to Moderate in grades K-12. I have one daughter and one grandson who are the light of my life.

My training includes OpenCourt, DIBELS, Kagan, LIPS, Wilson Language, Project READ, Language, INTECH and MNRI. I am now trained in the Sonday Reading program and My Math also.

A resource teacher must work with different children each day in the areas of reading and math. The needs of these children vary quite a bit and it is a challenge to synchronize all of those skills during the time allotted. Some of the work is carried out in my own classroom and some of the assistance is rendered in the child's own homeroom. We use various types of technology in our classroom such as a Promethean Board to make learning more exciting and active. This year we are excited to try a new program to help target areas in the Louisiana standards that we need to work on.  An assessment is given every three weeks and the program monitors growth and areas of need.  My students also enjoy learning with the IPAD. We are fortunate to have quite a bit of educational games and other resources to use in working with the children. You never know just which game or approach will help that light to go off in a child's mind.

We are also glad to have Mrs. Carla Warden helping in the Resource classroom and in the General education classrooms. Mrs. Carla has worked several years in the area of Special Education at all levels.  She is a very understanding person with lots of patience. Mrs. Carla is a huge asset to our classroom.

It takes a high degree of coordination of efforts and information for classroom teachers and the resource teacher to work together for the good of the children served. The greatest reward is in watching a student grow academically and display pride in what he/she has accomplished!