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Meet Park’s special education staff

Team dedicated to helping students with disabilities

Will Huyck and Delaney Wallerich

Christine Tvrdik, special education teacher

After spending seven years with Park as a special education teacher, Christine Tvrdik said the most rewarding aspect of her job is being able to observe her students flourish as they age.

“(I enjoy) seeing the kids succeed and the relationships I get to build with them,” Tvrdik said. “Watching them grow from freshmen to seniors is the best part for me.”

According to Tvrdik, her job also provides her with opportunities to grow personally.

“For myself, (it can help teach me) how to organize myself and organize my life,” Tvrdik said. “Also, being able to sit back and reflect on what’s the most important thing for these kids to learn.”

Special education staff member Amy Groom said she was inspired to join the field by her brother, who was diagnosed with a learning disability.

“(My brother) needed a lot of help because he had a learning disability,” Groom said. “I think that is where I got started.”

Special education case manager Katie Lee said she believes her position provides an encouraging figure for her students.

“Some students just really need that person who believes in them and I think I am that person to a handful of students,” Lee said.

 

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