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This page is designed to provide parents and teachers with information and resources for students as they transition from public school education to adult settings. Information regarding the DISD transition instruction program is also provided.
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DHS offers specialized classes in addition to the traditional Career Technology Education (CTE) classes offered. ARD committee placement is required for these courses. Brief descriptions and contact information for the teachers is listed below.
Ms. Sheri Davis is the the Vocational Teacher in the WAVE program at DHS.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office: 281-229-7876
Mrs. Megan Turner is the Community Based Vocational Instruction (CBVI) Teacher in the WAVE program at DHS.
Mrs. Turner has worked in Special Education in Dickinson ISD for the past 20 years. She teaches CBI/CVBI skills to our DHS Gators.
When an ARD committee determines that a student needs additional transition instruction after the student has finished all required credit classes, DISD offers specialized classes and services - called SEALS (Secondary Education and Life Skills). Typically, this program is for students who have an intellectual disability, autism or other health impairments that require a significant level of support and a small teacher: student ratio.
Students in the SEALS program will focus on individualized employment and community based instruction that will enable the student to reach their maximum level of independence in self-help and advocacy, accessing public services and transportation, and employability skills with the primary goal of social independence and competitive paid employment. Students will receive the majority of their instruction in a community or employment setting.
Mrs. Ashley Bennett teaches the SEALS 1 class, which is housed at MJHS.
email: email@example.com Office: 281-229-7170
Ms. Georgeanna Santarelli teaches the SEALS 2 class, which is housed partially at MJHS and partially at College of the Mainland.
Ms/Coach George is a proud graduate of DISD, class of 1983. She attended University of Houston for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She has worked in education for thirty years; 28 of those in public education in special education, and fifteen of those years have been in Dickinson ISD. Coach George has served as a Special Olympics coach for 12 of those years and was previously our Head of Delegation.
Ms. Santarelli has worked at all levels of special education and has mainly taught students within a self-contained setting, specifically students with Intellectual Disabilities and Emotional Disturbances. She states, "I have always worked diligently to allow my students access to education within the general education setting. Working in the SEALS 2 program provides me the opportunity to endorse this level of student engagement in an academic, community and work environment that often culminates in a job for students upon their graduation from DISD."
The Gulf Coast Center provides services and supports for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities that enhance their lives and highlight their strengths.
Texas Transition Website
National Technical Assistance on Transition
Learn more about transition in Texas:
Secondary Transition Guidance from the Texas Education Agency
Texas Transition and Employment Guide
Guia Tansicion y Empleo de Texas
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