Appointed Special Education Program Coordinator at Greenwich Public Schools

The Superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools, Dr Toni Jones, announced today that Daniel Katz has been appointed Special Education Program Coordinator, effective this month.

Mr. Katz replaces Ms. Krystina Dawson, who recently left Greenwich Public Schools to become Mental Health Supervisor for the Trumbull Public Schools District.

Katz will be responsible for meeting the needs of students with difficulties; provide support to special education teachers and parents through planning and placement team meetings; support and provide professional development training; coordinate with special education teachers and/or general education teachers to ensure equitable access to the program; and supervising district assessment teams.

He will report directly to the Executive Director of Special Education and Student Support, Dr. Stacey Heiligenthaler.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Katz to the Department of Special Education and Student Support,” said Dr. Heiligenthaler. “He brings with him a broad knowledge of both public and special school programs that will support special education programs for all students in our district.”

Mr. Katz comes to GPS from the Cooperative Educational Services Therapeutic Day Program in Trumbull, where he has served as a program administrator since 2019, contributing to strategic planning and leadership team initiatives. From 2014 to 2019, he worked first as a school counsellor, life coach and college coach, before becoming director of guidance and then dean of students at the Spire School in Stamford, an independent therapeutic day school for intellectually challenged students. capable in 6th grade. -12 who have academic, social and emotional difficulties. Mr. Katz’s previous experience also occurred at Wilton High School and Norwalk High School.

“I am thrilled to join a community that prioritizes high expectations for all learners,” said Katz. “As an educator, I aspire to meet the diverse needs of all students and look forward to collaborating with programs both in and out of the district to facilitate meaningful learning opportunities for our students. .”

Mr. Katz holds a Masters in Counselor Education from Fairfield University. He earned his administrator certification and his sixth-year diploma in instructional leadership from Sacred Heart University.

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