Letter to the editor: Slate will support teachers

Posted 9/27/17

Improving our special education programs across DougCo is a subject close to my heart. I'm the mom of a son who required special education services. Thanks to school choice offered by DougCo, we were …

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Letter to the editor: Slate will support teachers

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Improving our special education programs across DougCo is a subject close to my heart. I'm the mom of a son who required special education services. Thanks to school choice offered by DougCo, we were able to search for the best placement for him. Unfortunately, at that time, DougCo was not equipped to meet his particular needs. But, through hard work, perseverance and prayer, I am proud that our son now attends Colorado School of Mines.

As a health care professional myself who offers services for kids with ADHD, autism, and other issues, I am supporting the Elevate Douglas County team with Debora Scheffel because I believe she and the others provide the best opportunity to improve special education programs here as well as the very best education for all kids. Deb taught special ed kids here in Douglas County, got her master's in special education from DU and then her Ph.D. She's also done post-doctoral work in the link between language and learning. No other candidate can match her level of preparation and professional expertise. She was also a member of the Colorado State Board of Education, and now serves as dean of Colorado Christian University's School of Education, teaching future teachers.

Many educators claim 1 out 6 kids require some sort special services. It takes a special teacher with a special school to optimize the talents of a special child.

I have confidence that Deb Scheffel and the other Elevate candidates - Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch and Grant Nelson - will give us the leadership needed to improve learning for all. These candidates and I, as a parent and former teacher's aide, sympathize with the tremendous challenge for teachers to meet the needs of all students, from those with special challenges, to the average student, to those who are advanced. I know the Elevate Douglas County School Board candidates will give all our teachers the support they need.

Cynthia Dalton

Lone Tree

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