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Philosophy Statement

The Smedberg Special Education department believes that all students can learn. We each have distinct and differing abilities and we feel it is our mission to provide our students with a safe, supportive, and challenging environment within which they can accentuate their strengths and meet their challenges. We feel that our department is a crucial and integral part of the total school environment and we strive to maintain excellence in our collaborative relationships with all staff and students. We are committed and dedicated to our responsibilities as educators at Smedberg. We take pride in our school, our department, our work, and most of all in our students!
Instructional Programs
  • Language Arts Intervention - The staff utilizes a scaffolded curriculum that is designed to build skills in reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary development, and writing mechanics.
  • Math Intervention - The staff provides a scaffolded curriculum that is designed to build skills in mathematical applications, fluency, number sense, basic geometry, and pre-algebra within real world uses.
Specialist Duties
  • Assessment/Evaluation
  • Development/Implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Coordination of all services for students on IEPs at school site
  • Collaboration/Consultation with classroom teachers, administrators and parents
  • Monitor student progress
  • Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
  • Individual Transition Plan (ITP)
  • Consultation about student concerns
  • Strategies, modifications, and accommodations to use in the classroom
  • Behavior interventions
  • Learning disability
  • Parent resources
  • Books, newsletter, and videos
  • Team teaching
  • Instructional assistants to help in classrooms
  • Academic screening
Staff Members:
Bolling, Christi - ABSS Teacher
Clark, Kristen - Level 2 Teacher
Dunzweiler, Amy - Strategies Teacher
Juan, Ivone - Level 2 Teacher
Khaleq, Summer - Speech Language Pathologist
Lawson-Young, Christina - Strategies Teacher
Lujan, Gene - Strategies Teacher
Padilla-Lively, Liz - School Psychologist
Souliere, Natasha - Strategies Teacher