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Mrs. Mandy Seward
Hello! My name is Mandy Seward and I am a lead teacher of the RISE program at West Middle School. RISE stands for Reaching Independence through Structured Environments. My passion is teaching and advocating for students with disABILITIES and supporting them to RISE up and live their best life. I do this by creating a safe, family friendly environment that encourages communication between parent, student, and teacher.
I began my career in 2003 as a paraprofessional with Ponca City Public Schools. Then, in 2009, I earned my BA in General Studies with an emphasis in Special Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Upon graduation, I immediately began teaching at West Middle School.
I have attended extensive Autism training through the State Department of Education, which included Applied Behavior Analysis observation. Also, Assitive TEchnology Training I and II. and a multitude of numerous other trainings throughout the state.Currently, I am serving on the district Assistive Technologhy Team, OSDE IDEA-B panel and OSDE Autism Workgroup chair.