Flora Green will be a welcome addition to the District 97 Department of Special Services. Her role, concentrating on the district's low-incidence program for students with severe disabilities, will be an important one. This population requires special attention and appropriate resources to ensure that their needs, as outlined in their Individual Education Plans, are met.
Providing a smooth transition for these children from early childhood, elementary and middle school poses a particularly challenging task. With her wealth of experience, especially as a special education teacher, I am certain that Ms. Green will provide the insight, mentoring and problem-solving skills necessary to serve this population.
I had the opportunity to work with Flora on the community panels that interviewed the principal and director of special education candidates; her perspectives and comments during these sessions contributed significantly to the panels' success.
My son is a 14-year-old, non-verbal, low-incidence child, and he will transition to District 200 next year. He will miss the opportunity to interact with Ms. Green, but many other children will benefit from her involvement.