The Royal Bay Student Support Team offers the following supports and services:
-Collaborative consultation with school-based, family, district and outside agencies
-Coordinate and write Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
-Work closely with classroom teachers, providing supports in IEP implementation and curriculum adaptation
-Level B testing for psycho-educational assessments
-Adjudication for tests and exams
-Technology support for students
-Work closely with Educational Assistants in providing supports for students in the classroom
-Co-teaching of Cohort classes
Darrell Doerksen is a Special Education and Learning Assistance teacher who has been working at Royal Bay since September 2017. Prior to Royal Bay, he worked Spencer Middle School and Belmont as both a SPEDLA teacher and classroom teacher.
In his non-teaching life Mr. Doerksen enjoys golf, baseball, and spending time with his family.
Sarah Leswal is a Special Education and Learning Assistance teacher who has been working at Royal Bay since 2015. Prior to Royal Bay, she worked at Belmont Secondary as both a SPEDLA teacher and classroom teacher.
In her non-teaching life Ms. Leswal enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Greg Moyes is a Special Education and Learning Assistance teacher. This is his first year at Royal Bay. Prior to Royal Bay, he worked at Dunsmuir Middle School for twenty-three years as both a SPEDLA teacher and classroom teacher.
In his non-teaching life Mr. Moyes enjoys camping, golfing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Maggie Curtis has worked in the Sooke school district for 15 years–both as an Education Assistant (7 years) and as a special education teacher (8 years). Working closely with the district Student Support Services team, other teachers and many wonderful Education Assistants, Maggie teaches in a program called STRIDE for students with special needs at Royal Bay. The STRIDE program focuses on communication, life and work skills, community exploration and social connections. In STRIDE, we try to help the students develop as much independence as possible in a fun, safe and flexible environment. Some programs that we offer in STRIDE include: recycling, newspaper delivery, basic literacy and numeracy, calendar-time, music, exercise class, cooking, school cafeteria clean-up, scrapbooking, swimming and regular community field trips.
Loni Skelton is a Special Education and Learning Assistance teacher who is new to Royal Bay this year and will be teaching: the EXCEL #1 class during A Block, the EXCEL #2 class during C Block, and is the STRIDE program support teacher during D Block. Prior to Royal Bay, she worked for 9 years at WestShore Center for Learning and Training as the classroom teacher of the First Nations Graduation Program working with students from grade 10 to 12. Prior to that she worked on Haida Gwaii at Queen Charlotte Secondary School, as the Special Education Teacher for 5 years.
In her non-teaching life Mrs. Skelton enjoys reading, sewing, traveling, and spending time with her family and two dogs.
Loni will be working closely with the District’s Student Support Services team, our teachers, and education assistants to support your child. Loni teaches the EXCEL program for students with special needs, using the Circle of Courage Model that focuses on the four pillars of: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.