Together We Can

October 31, 2022

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Happy Halloween!!

The District's November professional development day is right around the corner. The SESS Department has a variety of trainings, including executive functioning through Program for Inclusion and Neurodiversity Education (PINE), literacy and math curriculum, IEP goals writing, and Physical Management Training (PMT) to list a few. We are excited to be able to offer such an array of opportunities for our staff.

I want to thank everyone for their patience as the District transitions to the new CT SEDS system for IEP's and 504's. A special shoutout and acknowledgment to all of the District staff who are working hard to navigate the new system. Thank you!


Stacey Heiligenthaler, Ph.D.

Chief Officer of Special Education and Student Supports

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Alina Agiurgioaei Boie

Dr. Alina is a bilingual school psychologist working on the Behavior Support Team. For the past nine years, Dr. Alina has been supporting schools with the implementation of Social Emotional Learning initiatives (i.e. District Norms Events, Mindfulness, Bullying Prevention, etc.) and the development of student behavior intervention plans. Dr. Alina has conducted numerous parent and teacher workshops on issues related to mental health, parenting, resilience, and stress management.

Dr. Fabian Agiurgioaei Boie

Dr. Fabian is a school psychologist and BCBA and a member of the Behavior Support Team. He has been working at GPS for nine years in several capacities. Dr. Fabian consults and assists school teams with implementing behavior plans for students, he also provides training and coaching around implementing PBIS and SEL programs and regularly delivers mental-health themed workshops and webinars for parents across the district.

Lisa Berluti

Lisa is a certified Special Education teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She worked as a special education teacher for 11 years before moving into the role of a Special Education coach and member of the Behavior Support Team for the last six years. She provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) support to school teams ranging from elementary to secondary age students, with significant needs, for a range of disabilities.

Shantal Jackson

Shantal is a special education teacher and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has worked for the Greenwich Public Schools for 13 years, four years as a special education teacher at Hamilton Avenue School and eight years as a Behavior Coach. Currently, she provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) support to school teams ranging from preschool to secondary for students with significant needs across various disabilities.

Deborah Whitman

Deborah is a special education teacher and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst who is in her second year at Greenwich Pubic Schools. She has been working in special education and behavior analysis serving in both New York and Connecticut for the last 30 years. Currently, she provides support to students using the principals of applied behavior analysis through consultation to school teams, staff, and parents for students from elementary through transition age across the district.

What We Are Seeing 👀 Around the Schools

SESS Pumpkin Decorating

The Special Education and Student Services office entered the Havemeyer pumpkin decorating contest, winning the "Most Educational."

Halloween Parade at Glenville School

The Glenville Halloween parade was a huge success! The students were so excited to show off their costumes and kick off Halloween celebrations!

Old Greenwich Preschool

Students in Ms. Kim Pearson's class work together to engineer a new city!

Reading at Parkway School

Mrs. Marchi is doing a phonemic awareness activity. Phonemic awareness is the ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words.

North Street School Physical Education

Fourth grade students are enjoying a bowling game during their PE session.

Co-Teaching at Western Middle School

General Education teacher Ms. Tara Roby and Special Education teacher Ms. Darcy Carlin are working with students on using descriptive language in their co-teaching their ELA class.

Greenwich School Readiness Counsel

Dr. Boie is presenting to the Greenwich School Readiness Counsel on self care and mindfulness. The Greenwich School Readiness Counsel is made of preschool providers throughout the Town of Greenwich.

Workshops and Resources

Final Session for the Fall 2022 Listening Community

The final fall session of Listening Community will be Wednesday, November 2 at Greenwich Town Hall from 10:00-11:00 AM. A virtual link is available for the AM session and at Julian Curtis school from 1:30- 2:30 PM.

For detailed information, please click on the link below:

Fall 2022 Listening Community Smore

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CT SEDS for IEP and 504's

IEP and 504 documents now have a different look. The new CT-SEDS system is now being used for all IEPs and 504s. The SESS Department has put together resources to families as we work in the new system. Please pay special attention to the Parent Portal as it is a new way IEP and 504 documents can be viewed and signed.

The Office of Special Education and Student Supports

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