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"The problem never has been the disability; the problem is (and has always been) society's beliefs about disability." - Disability is Natural


"Each of us has his place in the world. If we cannot serve in one way, there is always another. If we do what we are able, a door always opens to something." - "The Door in the Wall" by Marguerite De Angeli


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Mrs. Francine Goms

Welcome to Peer Tutoring!

I am very excited to have you in the Peer Tutoring Program. It takes very special individuals to assist students with disabilities. It is my hope over the course of the semester you will learn (1) what a disability is, (2) how you can help your peer buddy become more independent, and (3) the strategies that are needed/used to help students learn in a way that is meaningful to them. 

I also hope that you will develop friendships with your peer buddies. this could be doing simple things such as saying, "Hi" to them when you see them around campus or introducing them to your friends if you see them at lunch. Being a peer tutor is not only about being a role model and helping your peer buddies, it is also taking the knowledge you will be learning and educating your friends on how we can help individuals with disabilities learn and feel like they are part of every day life at Valley View. 

I look forward to a wonderful and inspiring semester!


Working in our classroom you may see and hear things that are private. You are expected to keep any information you see or hear private- which means to yourself. Do not share any information with your peers in other classes. Show the students in our class the same respect you expect from others. This handout provides clear expectation regarding confidentiality, as well as some information about unfamiliar things you may see in our classroom and how to handle them. 

Confidentiality is taken very seriously by the Valley View Administration. If there is ever a situation where confidentiality is not being respected, the individual will be reported and disciplinary action may be taken.


Click here for the handout

Assignments Due

Current Assignments


Please keep in mind, I am providing ALL of your assignments to you at the beginning of the semester which means there are no excuses for late work. Each day any assignment is late you lose 5% of the grade! Absences are NOT an excuse, review the classroom management plan. Be pro-active and plan ahead! 

What Does Being a Peer Tutor Actually Mean?

In this class you will learn what it means to be a Peer Tutor. You also learn why having you in this program is important. You will play a significant role this semester as a Peer Tutor. It is my hope that you enjoy your role and take your knowledge to improve people's outlook towards individual's who have a disability. 



Click here for the handout.


"We are ... a nation of differences. Those differences don’t make us weak. They’re the source of our strength." - Jimmy Carter
"Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them." - Lady Bird Johnson

"Acceptance as a unique individual is a basic human need." - Terry Haffner

"Instead of focusing on the 'problems' or the label of a person, we need to open our eyes a little wider and recognize and celebrate the abilities, strengths, talents, interests, and dreams of those who have been labeled." - Kathie Snow

"With our hearts let us see, with your hands let us break every chain. Then, indeed, shall we know a better and nobler humanity." - Helen Keller