Welcome Mrs. Larson!

New Salem Families,
Mrs. Curtis, our EC Teacher, has taken a county level EC position that she is very excited about. We love her and support her in her decision. Once a NS Knight...always a NS Knight. We quickly began the search to find a just right fit for your students.
 
It is with great pleasure that I welcome Mrs. Stacey Larson to the New Salem team.
 
Below is her introduction and a bio so you can get to know her. If you have an EC student at New Salem and you are concerned about your child's needs being met during the '20-'21 school year due to remote learning, I highly encourage you to reach out to Mrs. Larson. I feel confident she will ease your mind and be a great support to you as we all move into new territory.
 
Regards,
Mr. Ferguson
 
Hey New Salem Knights! My name is Stacey Larson and I am so excited to be the new EC teacher. I’ve been working in special education for over 26 years. I have taught diverse groups of students with ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, medically fragile, learning disabilities, speech impairments, visual impairments, hearing impairments, and emotional disabilities. My skills in differentiated instruction and multi-sensory lesson planning allow me to meet the needs of my students. I have also been a Youth Services Librarian for 27 years and have been able to combine my passion for teaching with my love of reading and helping others.
 
My years of experience have taught me the value of empathy, humor, flexibility, ambition, and confidence in the special education classroom. I work closely with each student providing the individualized support and positive reinforcement they require. I encourage my students both inside and outside of the classroom to achieve success at every level (not just academics) and assist them in acquiring the necessary tools to do so. I have been blessed to learn from every child and every family I have worked with. Having two special needs children of my own has given me a unique perspective in dealing with my students and their families and assisting them while they navigate the special education process.
 
My husband, Eric, was transferred here so we are new to North Carolina from Long Island, New York. We have 4 children: Owen, who will be a sophomore transfer at NC State; Ethan, who will be a freshman at Chapel Hill and play lacrosse for Coach Breschi; Aidan, who will be in 11th grade at Cuthbertson HS; and Ally, who will be in 10th grade at Cuthbertson HS. It’s been a major change for all of us, but everyone we have met has welcomed us with open arms❤️ We love to spend time as a family (though I am known to drive my kids crazy) and are heavily involved in many different sports so we are always on the go. In my down time, I love to read, exercise ,and learn as much as I can about aromatherapy to help keep my family and friends healthy.
 
I am looking forward to meeting you all and being a part of this amazing community! If I can help anyone in any way, please don’t hesitate to email me (Stacey.Larson@ucps.k12.nc.us) or leave a message at New Salem.
 
2020 has been a challenging time for all of us! But, together with grace we can accomplish great things!
 
Virtual hugs to you all,
Stacey
 
MrsLarson