Tina Northern, Director of Special Education

Tina Northern, Director of Special Education When Tina Northern began her career in education, she never thought she would work in special education, let alone become the director of special education. Tina began her education career as an elementary classroom teacher. Within her classroom, she had a group of students with disabilities. She wanted to [...]

Special Education FAQs

Special Education FAQs How can parents become more involved in their child’s special education experience? Parents are the foremost advocate for their child. We encourage parents to be actively engaged with their child’s teacher and administrator, and ask questions. Parents of students with disabilities have the right to request a case conference at any [...]

Grant helps establish career pathways for students

Grant helps establish career pathways for students Through a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or pre-employment transition services grant, Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central high schools have been given the opportunity to provide their young adult students with a job coach. This grant provides funding for job coaches in both high schools, specifically [...]

Building friendships through track and field

Building friendships through track and field Last year, through the collaborative efforts of many individuals and groups, Elkhart Community Schools introduced the Unified Track Meet to high school students at Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial. This year, the program has grown to include kindergarten through grade 8 students with the Special Olympics: Unified Champion [...]

Reading and math brought alive through cooking

Reading and math brought alive through cooking In an intense intervention class at Elkhart Memorial, students learn more than information from a textbook – they learn the everyday skills to help prepare them for life after graduation, including cooking. Led by special education teachers Franki Hawkins, Don Knowlton, and a team of strong paraprofessionals, [...]