Independent Living Skills
Program and Staff InformationILS Teaching Philosophy
“If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn” ― O. Ivar Lovaas
The Independent Living Skills program (ILS) is designed to help students with disabilities in learning new and healthy independent living skills. Our team works to teach these new skills with hands-on instruction. Students write an independent living plan to meet individual needs in areas such as self-help, meal planning, financial management, housing, transportation, and much more.ILS NewsletterThe ILS Newsletter is produced monthly during the school year. The newsletter contains articles and pictures about class activities, special events, field trips, campus events, and students.CLICK HERE to access the ILS NewsletterILS Recycling ProgramThe ILS students run a campus recycling program. This program collects white paper (copier/lined), colored paper, and cardboard. The paper is sorted and bound. It is then removed under contract with a paper recycling company, who provides the program with a modest payment for the recycled paper.Click on this link to open the campus recycling request form: https://mesaverdeils.wufoo.com/forms/recycling-form/Classroom D-15 (ILS Program)Classroom Telephone: 916.971.6342
Jenna Barnard: Special Education Teacher - “I have been a teacher only 5 short years but can’t imagine doing anything else. I love ILS and Mesa Verde!”
Donna Tufto: Special Education Instructional Assistant - has been with the ILS program at MVHS 8 years.
Lara Shirly: Special Education Instructional Assistant - has been with the ILS program at MVHS 2 years.I-1 Portable (ILS/Autism & Special Needs)Classroom Telephone: 916.971.5316
Kathy Berkowitz: Special EducationTeacher - After 26 years as an ILS teacher, I continue to find joy, everyday is an adventure. My students continue to amaze me. This is my fifth year at Mesa Verde and love the way this campus embraces all of its students.
Alicia Gonzales: Special Education Instructional Assistant - has been at MVHS for 4 years.
Ragni Reddy: Special Education Instructional Assistant - has been at MVHS for 2 year. She is also a Mesa Alumni!
Travis Ellison: Special Education Instructional Assistant - has been at MMVHS for 2 years.