Phone: (704) 260-6050
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Larisa Edwards
Welcome to my webpage! I am looking forward to a great 2021-2022 school year!
I am happy to begin my 7th year here at A.T. Allen as a K-5 EC Structured Learning teacher. I graduated from ECU with a degree in Special Education in 2000. I have taught in both public and private schools. I also worked for UNC – TEACCH Autism Program as a Psychoeducational Specialist for many years. My husband, daughter Colbie and I moved to Cabarrus County from eastern North Carolina in 2013. We have since added a guinea pig and 2 dogs to our family. When I am not teaching, you will typically find me at the beach and/or spending time with my family.
I am so very proud of our students and program here at A. T. Allen. I couldn't even begin to educate and advocate for my students without the help of the BEST teaching assistants in the county: Mrs. Andi Shutt and Mrs. Gina Beaver. Our team approach to learning makes each day different, exciting, and fun!! The students love them as much as I do and I feel more then blessed to work with them on a daily basis.
We believe very strongly that an inclusive education is valuable for all kids. We spend time in the regular education setting with our same age peers to build friendships, practice goals and generalize our communiation skills. We use many programs/strategies to make sure that each student reaches their full potential including: UNIQUE Learning Systems, Structured TEACCHing, Early Literacy Skills Builder, Letterland, LLi, Edmark, TouchMath, and Story Based Lessons. We adapt materials as needed to help all students progress towards mastery of their individual goals and the Extended Content Standards. Our main goal is to encourage independence in a nurturing and loving environment.
I am happy to be part of the A. T. Allen family and work with such a great group of students, parents and staff!
8:15 Small & 1:1 Groups (Reading, Writing, Math)
9:45 Independent Learning
10:05 Story Based Lesson
11:45 Morning Meeting
12:20 Our UNIQUE World Activity (Science, Social Studies)
12:50 Small & 1:1 Groups (Reading, Math)
2:30 PBIS Review