The Program Staff

We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history. — Sonia Johnson

The Program Staff

Our staff consists of certified professionals who have a deep-rooted passion for children with special needs, their families and the Academy’s vision and mission. The education and support of our staff includes initial training, specialized training during staff development days and ongoing weekly training and daily coaching within the learning environment. Areas of training include the DIR® Floortime methodology, Developmental Language Models, educational best practices and academic curriculum, language development and communication, sensory processing, social emotional, visual-spatial, augmentative communication, symbolic play, supporting family and staff dynamics and ISBE policy and procedures. We offer a unique opportunity to work in a school, where each employee receives intensive and ongoing training and support, as well as, the opportunity to work in an environment where each child is respected and the joy of learning is celebrated.

The range of positions held by our staff is extensive. At this time, we have professionals in all of the following positions serving our school:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • 1:1 Teacher Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Social Workers/Counselors
  • DIR® Specialists
  • Art Teacher
  • Music Teacher
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Assistive Technology Specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Program Assistants
  • Nurse

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