Classroom Staff

In the Douglas County Preschool program we work as a collaborative and transdisciplinary team in our fully integrated preschool classroom. What that means is that we strive to provide the most whole early education experience for all learners whether they are typically developing, at risk or have identified special needs. In order to do this we keep our class sizes low and schedule 2-4 highly qualified staff members in the class room each day. Because many of our staff work in a few different classrooms this means that staff will be rotating in and out providing services to students as well as consulting with the team in their particular area of expertise. Read below to get a glimpse of the staff members specifically assigned to your child's classroom as well as a brief description of their role on the team.

Early Childhood Instructor

Early Childhood Special Educator

Speech & Language Pathologist

Terri Kelley Leslie Hathaway Megan Dimatteo
Classroom teacher, leads the students in exploration and learning for daily activities. Plans and organizes classroom events throughout the year. Scheduled to be with one classroom all year. Assists with exploration and learning for all students. Oversees the services in the areas of academics, learning behaviors, cognitive development and social skills for students identified with special needs. Assists in case management of all students receiving special education services. Consults with the team to provide expertise in modifying lessons to meet the needs of all learners. Scheduled to work with students at two preschool sites. Assists with exploration and learning for all students. Oversees the services in the areas of speech and language for students identified with special needs. Assists in case management of all students receiving special education services. Consults with the team to provide expertise in modifying lessons to meet the needs of all learners. Scheduled to work with students at two preschool sites.

Occupational Therapist

Special Education Paraprofessional(s)

Classroom Assistant

Christy Irwin Aittqa Liaqat Shelley Van Matre
Assists with exploration and learning for all students. Oversees the services in the areas of sensory, fine and gross motor for students identified with special needs. Consults with the team to provide expertise in modifying lessons to meet the needs of all learners. Scheduled to work with students at five preschool sites. Assists with exploration and learning for all students. Assists the special education team by monitoring the learning and engagement of the students identified with special needs. Supports all students as needed and assists with classroom management. Scheduled to work in one or two preschool classrooms. Assists with exploration and learning for all students. Supports the Early Childhood instructor in classroom management. Assists with materials and projects. Scheduled to work in four preschool classrooms.
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