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Special Education Assistant Director of Education

Cheshire, CT
May 23, 2020

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Stephanie Palmieri

Cheshire, CT ***** 203-***-****


Educational Leadership / Student Performance / Professional Development

Offering 20 years of leadership directing academic programs and driving initiatives to promote student achievement. Skilled in coordinating and improving operations for tutoring, post-graduate, and summer school programs. Expert professional development facilitator with a strong history of inspiring staff to improve skills and achieve school-wide goals. Proven ability to establish a collaborative community of parents, guardians, students, faculty, staff, and district liaisons.

Core competencies include:

Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) Reviews

Curriculum Development & Improvements

Planning & Placement Team (PPT)

Organizational Performance Assessments

Behavioral Interventions

Regulatory Standards Compliance

Special Education Programs

Hiring & Onboarding

Program Development & Management

Parent & Student Engagement



Assistant Director of Education/High School (2007 – Present)

Execute school’s vision and direction for enhancing instructional quality by developing engaging learning experiences for all students. Lead the aligned integration of curriculum and behavioral management to improve classroom performance. Direct hiring and professional development initiatives. Facilitate PPT, IEP review, and committee meetings.

Selected accomplishments:

Established the 5th year program which provides post-graduate vocational training to 18-21-year-old students.

Instituted Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework to increase student-wide social and academic progress.

Oversaw school licensing renewal process incorporating all necessary forms and reports within the application process.

Summer School Coordinator (2004 – Present)

Directed program operations to include screening, hiring and assigning employees; instructional leadership and curriculum development; field trips and transportation. Facilitated IEP meetings, conducted assessments, and coordinated student enrollment.

Education Assessment Specialist (2005 – 2007)

Measured instructional and student progress in reading and mathematics. Led professional development trainings for teachers, para-professional and clinicial staff on IEPs, curriculum development, and behavior management. Conducted PPT triennial achievement testing.

Selected accomplishments:

Introduced the Wilson Reading Program when leading individual and group training.

BEST Coordinator for begining teachers

Lead Teacher (2000 – 2005)

Supervised Title I tutors and mentored middle school teachers. Developed and implemented curriculum across all subjects in Middle school grades 6-8. Reviewed student records and organized student placement.

Selected accomplishments:

Agency wide Redux Committee: Strategic planning to reduce restraints and seclusions across agency; School representative.

Professional Development Committee: Brought professional developemenet opportunities to the school/agency.

Appointed and tracked CEUs for certified staff


Southern Connecticut State University – New Haven, CT

Sixth Year Program - Educational Leadership

Master of Science in Special Education

Bachelor of Science in Special Education


Connecticut Association of Private Special Education Facilities (CAPSEF)

Nominated Board Member

Teacher of the Year: Apple Award

Certifications and Specialties

Comprehensive Special Education (Pre-k to 12), CT Endorsement

Intermediate Administration and Supervision, CT Endorsement

Focus Your Locus, Facilitator

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