Mrs. Donna Schmidt
Welcome to Our Class!!!
I am currently in my 14th year of teaching in the Jackson School District. I began my teaching career on Long Island as a resource teacher in a grade 7-12 school district. After moving to northern New Jersey when I got married, I worked for Bergen County Special Services in a unique program that placed B.C.S.S.S.D. teachers in a facility run by Hackensack Medical Center's Institute for Child Development (I.C.D.). We taught the pre-school handicapped classes and worked with speech, occupational, and physical therapists from the I.C.D. I am very proud to have received Teacher of the Year while working in this innovative program. Upon moving to Jackson, I was hired to start the pres-school handicapped program in Bradley Beach. I took a 3 year break from teaching to stay home with my 3 children, all of whom attended public school in Jackson, and returned to teaching by subbing before being hired full-time at Goetz in September 2003.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education from Hofstra University. I have dedicated my entire professional career to the field of Special Education. I believe that every child is unique and strive to bring each child to his or her potential while fostering a love of learning. I have taught the S.M.A.R.T. class for six years and have thoroughly enjoyed working with my students. I take great pride in helping them learn and develop into young men and women who are ready to move on to high school and beyond.
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