Our Mission Statement

This website was created as to involve families of children who have special needs. The lessons, activities and assessments are based on Connecticut's common core state standards, the national standards of the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

This website focuses on the functional academic skills that children within this population are learning in school. Since special education is a team-oriented approach to education, on Functional- Academics, you will find related services; OT, PT and SLP. Together, we can all work towards improving student learning and success.

You are invited to explore the website with your child and help them to grow and learn! Please feel welcome to contact me with any comments, ideas or suggestions.

a picture of Jessica Loscalzo, author of this web site, smiling and balancing a butterfly on her fingers

About the Author

Jessica Loscalzo has been a special education teacher for 7 years. Her experience with those who have special needs is extensive. She has been a 1:1 dance instructor, 1:1 camp counselor, a "classroom ambassador", extended school year paraprofessional, Special Olympics volunteer, and a tutor for homebound students. Jessica's teaching experience has been across various settings and age groups.

Jessica has interests and skills working with students who have multiple significant and severe/profound disabilities. She has an interest in assistive technology and is currently serving as a member of the core Assistive Technology Team for the Bethel school district. Jessica is working towards obtaining a certification to be an Assistive Technology Practitioner through RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America). She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fitchburg State College (Fitchburg, MA) with a degree in Severe/Profound Disabilities, Elementary Education and a minor in English.

Jessica returned to her hometown in Bethel, CT and obtained a teaching position at her former elementary school shortly after graduating. She has been teaching 4th and 5th graders since 2004 as a Learning Center teacher. The program is a therapy-based model that follows the districts' life skills curriculum.

Jessica enjoys creating social opportunities for her students through reverse and creative inclusion strategies. She is attending Western Connecticut State University (Danbury, CT) to obtain her Master's Degree in elementary education with a curriculum option, and will complete the program in 2011.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Bethel Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Dr. Janice Jordan
Associate Superintendent
Bethel Board of Education
1 School Street
P.O. Box 253
Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 794-8613

Accessibility Statement

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