Mrs. Berends - Biography

I am the MTSS(Multi-Tier System of Supports) Coordinator at St. Thomas Aquinas.  I taught special education in the Wichita Public Schools for 8 years.  I then spent 9 years at home with my children.  This is now my 3rd year at STA.  I have an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a graduate degree in Special Education both from Wichita State University.

My husband Tim and I are members of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.  We were married here in 2001. Our four children, Trevor, Julia, Victoria, and Brock, are all students here as well. 

I am excited to have the opportunity to work with many students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.  It is going to be a wonderful year!

Tier Program

Tier 1

• Differentiated instruction within the classroom with a concentration on the core curriculum

Tier 2

• Tier 1 support plus

• Classroom accommodations 

• Development and implementation of individual education plans by parent, teacher and Learning Support Program professionals

• Increased one-on-one instruction by teacher and/or volunteer or aide

• Additional small group instruction

Tier 3

• Tier 1 Support plus

• Tier 2 Support plus/or

• Personalized instruction, outside the classroom

• Coordination of out-of-building instruction and resources