Learning Support Team
At Lansing Catholic, we believe that all students should be given the opportunity to achieve success inside and outside of the classroom. The role of the Learning Support Team is to work with all students, in conjunction with their teachers and parents, to make a successful transition to and through high school, to grow intellectually and socially, and to prepare students for a faith-filled and successful life after their time at Lansing Catholic.
Meet the Team
Mrs. Dawn Anderson is a certified teacher and high school counselor with Bachelor's and Masters degrees from Michigan State University. Her latest teaching experience was here at LCHS in our Mastery Skills classroom. She has also taught various subjects to 2nd-10th grade students and she homeschooled her daughter throughout middle school. Mrs. Anderson has over 20 years of experience as a high school counselor and she was an Early Middle College Program Coordinator for Eaton RESA.
Her role as an Academic Counselor at LCHS will focus on responsive services and classroom lessons for 9th & 10th graders. She will be supporting 9th-12th students with academic needs by monitoring attendance, student grades, and course-passing. Mrs. Anderson shared, “I am very honored and excited to be a counselor here. I have always felt that God has positioned me where he needs me, and I can think of no better place to serve than Lansing Catholic High School.”
Mrs. Ann Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science and a Master’s degree in Toxicology, both from the University of Michigan. Her academic research has involved subjects such as cancer biology, epidemiology, and health education. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education including targeted academic program preparation, applications, and admissions.
As Lansing Catholic’s Post-Secondary Readiness Advisor, Mrs. Hoffman assists students with college matching and the application process, career planning and readiness, and obtaining academic and athletic scholarships.
Mr. Jeremy Norris is a certified special education teacher with a focus on Emotional Impairment. Mr. Norris obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Hope College and has over 19 years of special education teaching experience in grades K-12 in all subject areas.
Mr. Norris teaches 9th-12th grade students in the Mastery Skills classes as well as maintains all active Student Support Plans at LCHS. His focus is on providing support to students in the six areas of executive function: working memory, sustained attention, task initiation, time management, goal-directed persistence, and metacognition. Mr. Norris cites Philippians 1:6 as his basis for teaching students needing special education services, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Mrs. Lynne Brennan LLMSW is a licensed Social Worker with a Master's degree from the University of Michigan. Her role is to support students with any social-emotional and mental health needs with brief one-on-one meetings and sets up specialized small support groups with students in particular needs. If a student would like to meet with Mrs. Brennan, the student can email Mrs. Brennan; or a parent can email or call to set up a meeting. She can also discuss and create Mental Health Student Support Plans for students who may need academic accommodations give their mental health needs. She also offers referrals to families seeking professional support outside of school.
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Mastery Skills Class
Students with a Student Support Plan are eligible to take Mastery Skills as an elective class. In order to access this course, a student must have a diagnosed disability that negatively impacts their learning and requires accommodations for them to be successful. Students will work on organizational strategies, study skills, and classwork from any academic subject. This course may be taken in first or second semester or for the full school year.
SEL - (Social and Emotional Learning)
SEL is an integral part of our mission statement at LCHS of forming students spiritually, intellectually, and socially. We provide SEL predominately through classroom guidance lessons and small groups. These SEL lessons are tailored to fit the developmental stages or each grade. The 5 core competencies of SEL we promote are Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship skills and Responsible Decisions-Making.
PALS (Peer Assistance Leadership Services)
PALS is an effective program that provides comprehensive training for students to help develop positive, supportive, and helpful peer relationships in their schools. PALS are trained in listening skills, problem-solving, one-on-one listening, decision making, conflict resolution skills, and when and how to tell an adult (confidentiality).