P.A.C.E.S. - D. Craig
~2015 - 2016~
Welcome to P.A.C.E.S.!


Something to think about...

If a child doesn't know how to read, we teach.

If a child doesn't know how to swim, we teach.

If a child doesn't know how to drive, we teach.

If a child doesn't know how to multiply, we teach.

If a child doesn't know how to behave, we....punish?

Or should we teach?


My name is Darlena Craig and I am the Special Education Teacher for the P.A.C.E.S. class and also the Department Chair for the Special Education Program at GPJHS.

P.A.C.E.S. stands for Positive Academic Classroom Experiences with Socialization. I joined the GPJHS faculty because I was eager to make a difference in the lives of the students that have a difficult time learning in their regular classrooms. I have been in the Special Education field for over 15 years specializing in behavior modification and social skills training. Although it offers many challenges, I find each day a 'new day' for learning new skills and practicing age appropriate behavior.


In my P.A.C.E.S. class, we work on various social skills that assist the students with being more successful in their school and community settings.  Students are taught the proper ways to handle themselves amongst their peers and in their classrooms. 

All lessons involve a social skills word to define, a daily journal to complete, a worksheet on the topic being discussed that is done together as a group or individually, and a social group discussion.  Also, a daily sponge activity is completed at the beginning of each lesson. 

More details about our weekly topics will be listed under my classroom calendar so please take the time to review to know what your child is learning that week. 



Mrs. Craig's daily schedule:
                                                *subject to change based on student need*                      





8:00 am – 8:55 am

Social Skills


8:59 am – 9:59 am

Academics - in or out of classes


9:59 am – 10:58 am



11:02 am – 12:08 pm

Academics - in or out of classes


12:08 pm – 12:38 pm LUNCH


12:42 pm – 1:37 pm

Academics - in or out of classes


1:41 pm – 2:36 pm

Academics - in or out of classes


2:40 pm – 3:35 pm

Social Skills