Special Education

SPED  Update/Staff Info

Congratulations to our esteemed Functional Adaptive Learning Support (FALS) teacher, Mr. Tepper, on his retirement. He served the students of Southwest Academy for the past 10 years as not only their teacher, but also their friend. Mr. Dan Tepper will truly be missed. The new FALS teacher will be our own Ms. Julie Carter. She started teaching at Southwest Academy during the 2015-2016 school year; she served as a Special Educator for 7th-grade English Language Arts as well as World Cultures. We are pleased about her transition.

For the 2016-2017 school year, we would like to welcome Mrs. Monique Owens to Southwest Academy. She is joining us from Catonsville Middle as a Special Education Math 8 Teacher. She will also serve our students in the Inclusion classes. Teachers returning to Southwest Academy this year are Mr. Pollak (Math 6 & 7), Mr. Simms (Inclusion Math & Science), Ms. Freeman (ELA 6 & 7), Mr. Bleser (ELA 7 & 8), Dr. Walton (Reading 6 & Special Education Department Chairperson), Ms. Paige (Reading 7 & 8), Mr. Peery (Behavior Learning Support) and Ms. Wimberly (IEP Chairperson). We continue to provide services to students of varying disabilities through our self-contained and inclusion programs.