Special Education - Mr. Prewett

Mr. Prewett

Al Prewett

I have taught Special Education for 23 years and Regular Education 3 years. K- 6 Special Education 21 years at Grants Cibola County Schools , I am shared between Bluewater 21 years and San Rafael 16 years. I have experience in Middle School at Tohatchi, NM 2 years, Rural school in K-3 in Biddle Montana, 6th grade for 1 year at Fromberg Montana

I enjoy hiking with my dogs Annie, and Babe.

Red Cross Volunteer - DAT/ Assist for Cibola County

Caseworker/ Shelter/feeding Assistant

Benefits of Inclusive Education

The benefits of inclusive education are numerous for both students with and without disabilities.

Benefits of Inclusion for Students With Disabilities

  1. Friendships

    • Increased social initiations, relationships and networks

    • Peer role models for academic, social and behavior skills

    • Increased achievement of  IEP goals

    • Greater access to the general curriculum

    • Enhanced skill acquisition and generalization

    • Increased inclusion in future environments

    • Greater opportunities for interactions

    • Higher expectations

    • Increased school staff collaboration

    • Increased parent participation

    • Families are more integrated into the community

Benefits of Inclusion for Students Without Disabilities

  1. Meaningful friendships

    • Increased appreciation and acceptance of individual differences

    • Increased understanding and acceptance of diversity

    • Respect for all people

    • Prepares all students for adult life in an inclusive society

    • Opportunities to master activities by practicing and teaching others

    • Greater academic outcomes

    • All students needs are better met, greater resources for everyone

There is not any research that shows any negative effects from inclusion done appropriately with the necessary supports and services for students to actively participate and achieve IEP goals.

“Special education placement for students with disabilities has failed to demonstrate substantive advantages over regular classes despite lower teacher-pupil ratio and specialized teaching. Special Education has not proven to be academically and socially stronger than would regular class placement.” (Bunch & Valeo, 1997)

Al Prewett, Sped Teacher/Case Manager

Bluewater 505-285-2694

San Rafael 505-285-2749

Cell: 505-240-0148


Greetings Panthers:

          This starts my 22nd year in Grants Cibola County Schools.  I have been at Bluewater all 22 years and at San Rafael for 17 years.  We have full inclusion of students with special needs at both schools. This is my 26th year of teaching in New Mexico and Montana.  Your children are my major concern. 

  I will be at San Rafael on Mondays and Wednesdays and at Bluewater on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  I am at school most mornings by 6:30 and most days I do not leave campus until after 3:30 PM.  I am available to answer any questions about student’s special needs.   I work in classrooms all day with the students with special needs.  If you have a concern, please contact me.  The cell service if I am at San Rafael, is not good in the building. 

I would like to introduce our therapists for this year:

Speech – Virtual  Caroline Yamashiro            Wednesday     


Occupational – Sonia Rodriguez                       Tuesday  AM


Recreational –  Jasmine Espinosa                      Monday


Physical – Aleisha Lundstrom                            Monday PM


Message for Parents: Stop Doing Your Kid’s Homework

By Trevor on Oct 8, 2020

Read Time: 4 minutes


I am a teacher, dad, and former fifth grader. Each of these parts of my identity has a different view of homework. My fifth grade self hated it. He hated having to work all day at school and then work at least another hour at home every night. The teacher side of me has a more nuanced view. I know my students may not love when I assign it, but I only give homework when I believe it will make them smarter, more skilled people. The dad side of me is back to hating it again. I watch my kids come home from school tired, but then I have to require that they sit at the dinner table and keep that engine running. 

This is where temptation creeps in. I can sit down next to my kids and help them skip a step on a math problem. I can suggest certain letters to help them breeze through their spelling worksheet. I can even do their homework. It is extremely tempting to relieve my kids of pressure, lighten their load, and improve their grade by just doing their homework for them. 

However, the teacher, dad, and maybe even a part of my fifth grade self knows that this is not beneficial in the end. As tempting as it may be, I have to let my children do their own homework. I don’t necessarily always want to make them do it. Yet, I know there is often value to at-home practice. I can help them with it as needed and be a part of their learning, but I cannot be in control of it. Here are my top reasons why parents need to stop doing their kid’s homework and let them fail and succeed on their own.

Your kid needs to have those moments of struggle.

I don’t want my kids’ lives to be stress free. Instead, I want them to know how to manage the inevitable stress they will experience throughout life. If, as a parent, I am constantly mitigating my children’s stress and mowing down any obstacle that they experience, I am depriving them of opportunities to develop this essential skill. Teachers see it every day. When parents don’t let go, students struggle in the classroom. The helicopter parents and lawnmower parents are depriving students of developing problem-solving abilities and the chance to overcome challenges. 

Our children might require us to guide them through difficulties at times, but we shouldn’t remove obstacles for them. This is why parents have to resist the temptation to help make that art project look prettier for them. It’s why asking questions like, “Do you feel like this is your best effort?” is better than saying, “You need to add another paragraph to this essay.” Kids need to work through challenges and tension if want them to be strong and resilient people.

Your kid needs to practice to get better. 

Good homework, the kind that isn’t just busy work but is assigned by the teacher with purpose, can actually benefit your child. Deep learning doesn’t happen in a single moment; it takes practice. So when parents complete the work for their kids, they are robbing them of potential learning and growth. Ghostwriting that essay or putting together that project may speed things up for your child, but it is not helping them get better. And isn’t that the reason why we send them to school?

Teachers need to know how to help your kid.

Aside from practice, homework serves as an indicator for your child’s growth and development. A teacher who uses it well is assessing your child’s learning and taking that information to create activities that will help them improve. When parents do their child’s homework, the teacher is working with compromised information. The homework may indicate the student understands the material when they really do not. It would be better for the student to submit incorrect work than to pretend that they understand it and are ready to move on.

At the end of the day, your kid’s teacher probably knows you were involved.

Here’s a little inside knowledge from a teacher: We know when parents do their kid’s homework. Remember, we spend hours with them in school and regularly read, observe, and grade their work. If your child is a “developing” writer on in-class assignments, but then writes like John Steinbeck on their homework, it’s pretty obvious someone else did it. This nullifies the purpose of the work, and it goes back to hurting your child’s overall development. Your child isn’t getting practice, and teachers aren’t learning about your child’s abilities and growth. 

As a teacher, dad, and former fifth grader, I still don’t love the idea of homework. I don’t love that children, who work hard all day, are asked to do more work when they get home. However, I also see the value of it when it is done well. So when parents do the work instead, the work becomes pointless. Kids lose their sense of responsibility while also missing out on learning opportunities.

Keep encouraging your kids to tackle their homework. You can even ask them questions or help them study, as needed. Maybe even see if you can solve that math problem when your child isn’t looking—don’t feel bad if you can’t! But as tempting as it may be, for your child’s sake, stop doing their homework.