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Middletown Transcript
  • Appo. hires new special ed. coordinator for elementary schools

  • The Appoquinimink School District chose one of its own to fill an elementary school special education district coordinator position that’s been vacant since the spring.
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  • The Appoquinimink School District chose one of its own to fill an elementary school special education district coordinator position that’s been vacant since the spring.
    Tamara Grimes-Stewart, a 7-year employee with the district, was tapped Aug. 19 to fill the position previously held by Barbara Mazza, who took a job with the Delaware Department of Education’s Special Education Office.
    “I’m very excited to get back into special education, which has always been my first love,” said Grimes-Stewart, who began her career teaching special education science and employability skills at Gauger-Cobbs Middle School in the Christiana School District. “I’m looking forward to using my skills and knowledge to help the district, as well as special education students and their parents.”
    In her new role, Grimes-Stewart will help provide support and technical assistance in the area of special education by working directly with elementary school principals, teachers and service staff, district officials said.
    She also will be responsible for providing professional development and learning for staff, ensuring children have appropriate access to services and certifying that the district is meeting local, state and federal documentation and compliance needs.
    Last year, Grimes-Stewart served as an administrative intern at Cedar Lane Early Childhood Education Center and Cedar Lane Elementary School. Before that, she spent five years as an education diagnostician at Olive B. Loss and Cedar Lane elementary schools.
    She also previously worked as a resident teacher with the Delaware Department of Education.
    A 1990 graduate of William Penn High School, Grimes-Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from the University of Delaware in 1995 and a master’s degree in elementary special education from Wilmington University in 2005.
    Her son A.J. will be a sixth-grader in the district this year, while her daughter Anissa is entering kindergarten.

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