Miss Marjie and Mr. Paul
Miss Marjie Ottenbreit and Mr. Paul Kohler work at the Intensive Needs Program at Central Elementary School (CES) this year. The Intensive Needs program is for the kids in the region that have certain needs. There used to be several Intensive Needs programs at different schools in the district, but now there are only two intensive needs programs in the WNESU. One program is located here at CES and has students in grades Kindergarten through 6th. The other IN program is located at Bellows Falls Union High School (BFUHS) and is for students in grades 7-12.
Miss Marjie and Mr.Paul like it at CES. Miss Marjie said, ”The teachers, students, and all the staff have been so helpful!” Mr. Paul said, “The kids are smart and kind, and the staff is fantastic too!” Miss Marjie and Mr. Paul also like to work in the Intensive Needs program. Miss Marjie said, “Every day brings new challenges and learning opportunities. Our students work very hard and we celebrate every step of the progress along the way.” Mr. Paul said, “Every day is better than the last one!”
Before coming to Central School, Miss Marjie worked at Saxtons River Elementary School for 4 years. She also worked at Hartland Elementary for 12 years, and she was a special education teacher in Montana for 16 years. Miss Marjie earned her degree at Southern Connecticut State University. She did graduate work at Northern Montana College.
Mr. Paul has also worked at different schools. He attended Keene State College, and after graduating he worked at Fuller Elementary School in Keene for 6 years. This school is where his daughter now attends fourth grade, and Mr. Paul also has a four year old son! For the last four years, Mr. Paul worked at the Westminster Center School.
When asked what it was that sparked her interest in working in Intensive Needs, Miss Marjie said, “When I was a very young girl I had many babysitting jobs. Along the way I was asked to take care of a little girl with many disabilities. I can still see her beautiful blue eyes when I think of her. Although she could not speak or move around much, she let me know what she was feeling with her facial expressions and those blue eyes. I enjoyed caring for her very much! I’d say she was my inspiration for my career.”
Mr. Paul explained, “I love working with kids, all kids. I guess Intensive Needs is just a good match for my personality!”
Mr. Nemlich, the principal of CES, said, “I think we are very lucky that we have the program here because we have students that need the program. I think we are because it’s given us some excellent new staff members. I am pleased with how quickly the program has become part of our school.”