Special Education


What is Affective Needs (AN)?

Affective Needs classrooms are self-contained classrooms for students with emotional disabilities that provide a strong emphasis on affective education, academics, and social skills programming. Emphasis is on replacing inappropriate behaviors with more socially acceptable ones. They offer a highly structured environment with individualized behavior management strategies and plans exist within these center classrooms.

What is Mild Moderate (MM)?

The Mild Moderate program serves children who have been identified as having mild to moderate special education needs.

Affective Needs Team

Affective Needs Teacher, Kendra Schultz
KENDRA_SCHULTZ@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching (working in education)?
My first year of teaching was in 2009, in the South Bronx, at P.S. 126, where I taught in a 6th grade bilingual classroom. I then moved to River East Elementary School in East Harlem, where I taught until 2016. When I moved to Colorado, I worked as an in-home behavior analyst, providing behavioral therapy to kids and adults, ages 2-58!

Where did you go to college?
I received my undergraduate degree in Childhood and Special Education from SUNY Geneseo, in upstate New York, and my graduate degree in Behavior Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis at CUNY Hunter, in New York City.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
My favorite thing about UPark is that we are health-conscious!

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would head to the mountains with my husband and our dog, Tim Riggins!

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My mom’s macaroni & cheese from scratch!

If you were not an educator, what do you think your job would be?
I’ve wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, but if I wasn’t teaching, I’d probably be doing something outside with my pup – like ski patrol.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
I’ve climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and a snow-capped volcano, Volcán Osorno, in Chilean Patagonia.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My dog chasing hose water.

 

Mild Moderate Team

Mild Moderate Teacher, Katie Hendershot
Kathryn_Hendershot@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
2009 at Thomas Elementary in Flagstaff, Arizona. I started in DPS in 2010

Where did you go to college?
Northern Arizona University (Go Lumberjacks!)

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
The students! They come every day eager to learn and I cherish every moment I get to spend with them. Being a Special Education teacher I love watching all of the students’ grow over several years.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
If it is in the winter you would probably find me up at Winter Park snowboarding ( I loooove snow days ). If it is in the spring time you would find me outside taking my daughter, Blake, for a walk with our dogs (Mac, Boston Terrier & Kobe, Chocolate Lab).

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is very embarrassing, but it would be mac & cheese. I love it! I can never get enough.

If you were not an educator, what do you think your job would be?
I’ve always thought a job in sports would be fun. I am a very competitive person whether it is in a professional setting or playing a game with family friends. In addition I have seen firsthand how fun a job in sports can be. My husband works for the Colorado Rapids and my father is the Athletic Director at UCSD and previously worked for USA Volleyball.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
I think they would be surprised that I once taught students in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. I lived on a military base for a year and taught 1st-3rd graders.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My daughter Blake, she just started to squeal when she gets excited (she is 5 months old). It is so cute and fun to watch her find her voice!

 

Sam BryneMild Moderate Teacher, Samantha Byrne: Learn more about Samantha Byrne.
Samantha_Byrne@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
 1995

Where did you go to college?
I have my B.A (Hons) from London University, Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Oxford University and my M.Ed from University of Phoenix

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
The wonderful warm, friendly feeling you get the minute you walk through the door. I can’t wait to get to know the staff and students.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
With my two children and my Labradoodle.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Watermelon – so fresh and delicious (chocolate would have to come a close second!)

If you were not an educator, what do you think your job would be?
Probably nursing. I did join nursing school, but dropped out at the last minute. Definitely a job helping others.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
I taught Ballet, Tap and Jazz dance for many many years!

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My crazy Labradoodle “Indy”.  My daughter Emily and I decided to groom him ourselves – not the best idea 🙂

UPark_Elementary10004Mild Moderate Paraprofessional, John Neuhalfen
John_Neuhalfen@dpsk12.org

Where did you go to college?
University of Denver.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
Parent involvement and support.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
Hanging out watching movies with my kids.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sushi.

If you weren’t a Kindergarten Paraprofessional, what do you think your job would be?
Stock broker.

Mild Moderate Paraprofessional, Radha Snyder
Radha_Snyder@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
I began working at University Park Elementary in 2016.

Where did you go to college?
I have a Bachelor’s degree from Biola University in Los Angeles and a Master’s degree from Dallas Seminary.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
My favorite thing about UPark is the dedication the teachers and staff have to their students.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
If school was canceled I would spend the day hiking with my two children and my husband.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I had to eat one food for the rest of my life it would be pasta.

If you were not an educator, what do you think your job would be?
My background is in counseling, so if I was not working as a para I would love to work in foster-care/adoption.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you?
My students would be surprised to find out that I can be pretty grumpy sometimes.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
The last thing that made me laugh out loud was my 6 year-old’s Father’s Day card.