Special Education

Special Education

The Bedford Schools embrace the concept of inclusion, which supports the education of students with special needs with their peers within the general education classrooms, and the concept of integration, which enables students with special needs to have received appropriate levels of needs and services, and be included in the activities of the school environment.

Special education personnel will provide services to children with special needs. Children with special needs shall be placed outside the general classroom only after in-class options and/or modifications are attempted and only to the extent outlined in the student’s IEP as agreed upon by the IEP Team. Successful integration requires collaboration and cooperation among students, parents, teachers and administrators to create and maintain a successful educational experience for all students.

Learning Centers are small groupings of students with documented disabilities who receive Special Education services. The child’s Individual Education Program dictates the focus of the class. Learning Centers provide skill-based strategies and remediate gaps in knowledge and primary skills, and teach compensatory skills in order to reinforce classroom instruction. Specialized instruction may include but is not limited to teaching, demonstrating, practicing, providing, and assisting students with the following:

  • compensatory skills
  • accessing the curriculum
  • content material to help a student understand classroom lessons
  • strategies for reading coursework materials
  • study strategies
  • organizational plans for written work
  • time management skills for long-term projects
  • test-taking strategies
  • memory strategies
  • re-teaching or pre-teaching to supplement class lessons
  • breaking down and/or synthesizing tasks and information
  • advice and guidance in dealing with a wide range of school issues
  • unique to each student’s disability

When textbooks are used they are usually the classroom texts, but supplemental material may also be used. Teacher designed material is also frequently employed to individualize instruction.

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Kristin Gibbons 6th Special Education Teacher
Fern Thompson 7th Special Education Teacher
Constantine Georgopoulos 8th Special Education Teacher
Meagan Asp Special Education Teacher - Bridge Program
John Glynn Special Education Teacher- SAIL
Shanaz Kushki Teaching Assistant
Kimberly Limoli Teaching Assistant
David Malio Special Education Teacher
Tammy McGeoghan Special Education Teacher
Nathaniel McMillian Teaching Assistant
Kelly McNamara School Psychologist
Michelle Najarian Teaching Assistant
Cheryl Pespisa Special Education Program Administrator
Barbara Roketenetz Teaching Assistant
Virginia Stepper Teaching Assistant
Erin Wyman Special Education Teacher
Katie Zindars Special Education Teacher
Fay Burgess-Backert Occupational Therapist
Katie Connell Teaching Assistant