Hello! My name is Lindsey Hyland. Welcome to our amazing Prairie Wind ACP-Intermediate classroom! I am originally from western Nebraska. I spent half my life in Ogallala, NE and half of it in Hastings. NE. I graduated from Hastings High School in 2008 and then I went to college in Tennessee at Lee University. I loved college in the South and contemplated staying in the south forever. I decided to move home to be closer to family and start my teaching career in Omaha. My first three teaching years I worked in Elkhorn as a special education inclusion teacher. I just graduated with my masters in Special Education from University of Nebraska at Omaha. This will be my fifth year in Omaha Public Schools! I taught for four years at Belle Ryan Elementary in Aksarben. This will be my first year at Prairie Wind. I love being apart of the OPS family! My husband teaches in OPS as well at Central High School. He teaches sports nutrition, P.E. and weights classes. He also coaches football, basketball and baseball. We just had our first child, Brooks, one year ago. Please come and see me in Room 13!

Mrs. Hyland is a .... 

mom & wife

lover of spending time with my immediate and extended family & friends 

 an avid Reader

fan of going to the beach

happy camper when I can have a lazy day 

fan of watching and playing sports (high school, college & beyond) 

Major fan of TRAVELING 

Jesus lover and Church Goer 

Teacher by choice 

Advocate for my students 

Lifelong learner 


My classroom is an Alternate Curriculum Program (ACP) Intermediate Classroom. My ACP classroom serves students with cognitive disabilities in grades 3-5 who require instruction focused on functional  academics, social and vocational training. Students participate in this program because of the severity of their disability and the amount of support required to meet their individual needs. Students also participate in integrative classes and activities with their general education peers when appropriate. 


In my classroom we will...
*have an Individualized Education Program (IEP)! This is a team that determines interventions, plans and supports needed for each student to be successful based on each individual students disability and related needs 
*work: Classroom Work:  In our classroom, we will work on the following skills: calendar time, morning work, classroom jobs, social skills lessons, math rotations, independent task work and boxes, reading rotations. We will also learn different themed Unit Studies lessons incorporating science and Social Studies related topics. We will read a weekly News 2 You article.  This composes the core of our academic work. We are always teaching life skills and hygiene all throughout the day. 

go to Specials: We have four different specials this year – Music, PE, Library, and Art

* have Music Therapy: Mrs. Rouch will come to our classroom twice a week for music therapy. During this time your child will work on their IEP goals and academics.

* have Speech: Ms. Paulsen will come to our class once a week for group speech activities. Miss Paulsen is also new to Prairie Wind this year. She and I will work out a schedule for her to work with our class once a week this year. She will do some individual, small and whole group lessons. During this time your child will work on many different skills including reading, social and communication skills.

*go to Recess- We will have two scheduled recess times per day. Recess might look different this year with the equipment. We will always find time to take a break and have some fun!

*have Breakfast, lunch & Snack: Breakfast is grab and go breakfast at the school. Hot Lunch is available for purchase from the school. Your child can bring their own lunch as well. We will have a snack time each day to practice manners and eating as a group

*have Behaviors: I use a positive rewards system in my classroom. Research shows positive reinforcement is a great way to shape behavior. Students earn stickers or Class Dojo monster points for making good choices! Then when they earn a certain amount they get to pick out of our treasure chest and earn a prize.
*have FUN! :) In our class we love to smile, laugh and have fun!

*take DATA! Teachers and specialists in our classroom will assess and review student progress regularly.


Tentative schedule

Arrival, Check in & Breakfast
Whole Group Reading and Read aloud
Reading Stations


Lunch & Recess
Phonics & Handwriting
Mindfulness / Quiet Time
Unit Studies (Science, S.S., News 2 You)

Snack & Recess
Jobs, pack up, dismissal

Ms. Lindsey Hyland


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Communication: Because our kiddos often can’t communicate how their day was at school, I will send home a sheet each and every afternoon! Please be looking for that and discuss it with your child each evening! Please sign it and be sure to please put important notes in there if you need to send me any information. You can communication on the SeaSaw App as well.