Thanks to a dedicated team of teachers and staff, the SFSD special education programs are making a huge difference in the lives of students and families. Serving more than 485 students, the District helps students with a wide variety of special education needs. From basic learning support to highly specialized teaching and care, the SFSD team is passionate about helping students with special needs be successful in school and life.
Eugene Field school is the home base for the District-wide programs that help students with special needs succeed.
“The specialization and talent that is required to serve our special needs students is extraordinary,” said Linda Brown, director of
Special Services for SFSD. “These teachers and staff do an incredible job of meeting the needs of each individual student.”
One Eugene Field School student, Auvie Guentner has a unique set of learning needs and is thriving with help from the SFSD special education team.
“Auvie is amazing and she’s our little sunshine,” said Eugene Field Special Education Teacher Allison Olson. “She has become very communicative with vocalization and is able to navigate an iPad. She works very hard and I’m so proud of her.”
For students with other learning needs, Eugene Field provides small group classroom settings to help them focus on their individual strengths and opportunities.
“We see success everyday, we just have to think out of the box,” said Kriston Norris, educational assistant for the basic skills classroom at Eugene Field School. “These kids have the ability to learn, they just learn differently.”
Lisa Krouze, special education assistant in the Eugene Field Learning Resource Center finds great satisfaction in watching students with special needs grow through the program.
“When you see these kids excel in math and reading, you just want to cry because you get so invested,” said Krouze. “The academic growth and improvements in self-esteem skyrocket.”