Special Services Support Staff – Certificated

 

Rita Parrish, Resource Teacher for The Visually Impaired
(619) 796-7522
Rita.Parrish@sweetwaterschools.org

Erika Priser, Teacher for The Visually Impaired
(619)796-7523
Erika.Priser@sweetwaterschools.org

Lorna Berliner, Orientation & Mobility Specialist for The Visually Impaired
(619) 796-7520
Lorna.Berliner@sweetwaterschools.org

We are teachers of students with visual impairments for the district. The three of us service the vision needs of the 40+ students in our district who all have a visual impairment including some who have additional disabilities. We provide instruction in Braille and the Nemeth Code (the Braille code for Math and Science), the Expanded Core Curriculum, as well as support our students in being able to access their course curriculum using a variety of accommodations, manipulatives, and assistive technology. Along with our Orientation and Mobility instructor Lorna Berliner, our goal is to make our students as independent as possible once they leave our district and regardless of the severity of their visual impairment.

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Jason Schmidt, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), Assistive Technology
(619) 796-7540
Jason.Schmidt@sweetwaterschools.org

AT specialists participate in the development and presentation of professional development for school site personnel and parents to support delivery of instruction and access to curriculum for students with disabilities. AT specialists assist in the implementation of the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) through strategies and practices for teaching and instructional experiences with a focus on students’ unique abilities and styles. AT specialists reviews research, effectiveness, and utilization of instructional technology and assistive technology to support delivery of instruction and access to curriculum for students with disabilities. AT specialists consults with school site personnel and professionals from the local plan area in the implementation of strategies to support technology access for instruction as pre-referral interventions that reduce inappropriate referrals for special education programs and services.  AT specialists review data to ensure that student-learning outcomes are successful through access to instructional technology and assistive technology for students with disabilities. AT specialists participate in the planning and implementation of effective practices and procedures related to assistive technology assessment, equipment provision, and service, including review of IEP documentation. AT specialists provides support for school site teams and district staff regarding assistive technology. AT specialists receives and submits device orders for assistive items, devices or equipment. AT specialists supports Assistive Technology devices trials, including procurement and management of devices and equipment. Performs other duties as assigned in accordance with the district/SEA Agreement.

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Joseph Kreitinger, Counselor
(619) 796-7542
Joseph.Kreitinger@sweetwaterschools.org

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Kitty Cancino, Resource Teacher, Career Coach
(619) 796-7580
Kitty.Cancino@sweetwaterschools.org

I am a California Career Innovations (CCI) transition career coach, using work-based learning experiences for students with disabilities on achievement in postsecondary education and competitive integrated employment (CIE).

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Kristina Josafat, Resource Teacher, TPP Employment Transition Specialist 
(619) 796-7526
Kristina.Josafat@sweetwaterschools.org

TPP Employment Transition Specialist is a resource teacher position supported by a collaborative contract between SUHSD and Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). The work is focused on facilitating successful client transition into the postsecondary world of decision making, managing finances, disability disclosure, exploring career/employment options, etc. The program serves 100 clients, annually, who are identified and enrolled in the Transition Partnership Program.  The TPP Employment Transition Specialist provides guidance, opportunities, instruction and curriculum to TPP teachers to support clients in the umbrella areas of:

  • Job Exploration Counseling
  • Work-Based Learning Experiences
  • Postsecondary Counseling
  • Workplace Readiness Training
  • Self-Advocacy Training

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Reid Burns, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)/Behavior Support Team (BeST)
(619) 796-7531
Reid.Burns@sweetwaterschools.org

I have been an educator in our district for the past 25 years—my background is with working with students who have emotional disorders and present challenging behaviors. I am currently working out of Special Services as TOSA, as our district’s Behavior Support Team (BeST) lead, and as an Interim Program Manager. My wife also teaches in our district as a special education teacher. We enjoy travel, getting out in nature; friends, family, with plenty of laughter!  

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Adrienne Jankowski, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) MOD & MOD/SEV Programs
(619) 796-7519
Adrienne.Jankowski@sweetwaterschools.org

I have been teaching students with moderate/severe disabilities for the past 16 years ranging from elementary to transition age students.  I’ve had experience with students in the moderate, moderate/severe, and medically fragile programs.  I am also a mentor for the induction program supporting new teachers that are clearing their education specialist credential.

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Julie Barker-Rachow, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)/ Alternative Educational Placements
(619) 796-7532
Julie.Barker-Rachow@sweetwaterschools.org

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Chelsea JohnsonAugmentative and Alternative Communication Specialist (AAC Specialist)
(619) 795-7540
Chelsea.Johnson@sweetwaterschools.org

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