Personalized Learning

About the Personalized Learning Department

The Personalized Learning Department, also called Instructional Support Services (ISS), provides support for students with a variety of identified disabilities. Services range from self-contained core academic classes (Personalized Learning students only) to co-taught general education classes to resource labs to consultative services. The level of service each student receives depends on his/her individual needs as prescribed by his/her current, active IEP (Individualized Education Program). In addition, post-secondary preparation services are provided. Personalized Learning staff consists of learning specialists, a speech/language pathologist, a job coach, a school psychologist, and several educational assistants. These specialists work together, along with general education teachers, counselors, and administrators, to provide students on an IEP with a positive and appropriate high school experience. The case managers, the mental health professionals, and the Personalized Learning Department Chair are available to the entire Ponderosa community to address questions and concerns.


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Personalized Learning Staff

Andee AhrensAndee Ahrens
Department Chair
IEP and Assessment Specialist

Nicole BelangerNicole Belanger
Speech Language Pathologist

Jeremy DorrJeremy Dorr
Personalized Learning Teacher

Allison FabrizioAllison Fabrizio
Severe Needs Teacher
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Heather GoodrichHeather Goodrich
Personalized Learning Teacher

Bethany HalpinBethany Halpin

Katherine KitselmanKatherine Kitselman
Affective NeedsTeacher

Tiffany KoenenTiffany Koenen
Social Worker

Andrea LeesingerAndrea Leesinger
Social Worker

Julie LopezJulie Lopez
Personalized Learning Teacher

PHS PlaceholderLaurie Penzenstadler
Gifted & Talented

Kate Noon-UlviaKate Noon-Ulvia
ESL Teacher

Lindsey SaulsLindsey Sauls
Severe Needs Teacher

Elaine StreeterElaine Streeter
Personalized Learning Secretary

Lynn TrollopeLynn Trollope
Moderate Needs Teacher

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