The special education department believes that education is one of the most important tools a person can have in life. Every child deserves to receive the best education possible, regardless of special needs. Being placed in the least restrictive environment, gaining necessary life skills and learning how to relate and communicate with people from different walks of life is imperative to the academic growth and success of any student. It is our desire to help each child discover his/her individual gifts and talents and to reach her/his full potential.
Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior Senior High School receives special education services from Hays West Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative hosted by USD 489. Other area member schools in the cooperative include Ellis, LaCrosse, and Victoria, as well as Holy Family Elementary School. Ms. Myra Kreutzer, special education teacher, is the cooperative’s teacher assigned full time to TMP-Marian. She provides specially designed instruction to identified students in a variety of settings, providing the least restrictive environment as required by law.
Implementing each student’s IEP (Individual Education Plan) is the responsibility of all of the students’ teachers. Ms. Kreutzer, with her two para-educators, provides support to students in their classrooms as well as in the resource classroom setting.
Ms. Myra Kreutzer, chairperson of the Special Education Department, has 29 years of teaching experience in Kansas schools. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Education at Fort Hays State University and subsequently earned her Masters of Science in Special Education at Fort Hays. Areas of emphasis that Ms. Kreutzer is additionally licensed to teach include: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Math, and English as a Second Language. Mrs. Kreutzer currently teachers a wide range of classes within the resource classroom setting including: Grades 7-12 Reading, Grades 7-12 English, Grades 7-8 Math, Algebra, and Geometry.