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School: Chipley High School

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County: Washington



Syntha Alvarez is an ESE Teacher at Chipley High School, Washington County. She is certified in Exceptional Student Education, Middle Grades Integrated, and Elementary Education and currently finishing up her Autism Endorsement through St. Petersburg College. This is her fourth year teaching and her second year teaching students with autism. Prior to obtaining her teacher's certification, Syntha worked for 10 years as a social worker. She has been married for sixteen years and has two sons on the autism spectrum. Syntha started a local autism support group in 2010. In February 2012, along with two other autism moms and one grandmother, she established the non-profit Chipola Area Autism Resource Center.

PEPSA Partner: Proposed Project (2012)

Project Description:

She would like to develop a classroom vocational training program that would involve her students completing "real-world" jobs/tasks for community organizations within the classroom setting. This would give her students opportunities to learn job skills and give the community a chance to see what these students with ASD have to offer for future employment once they have completed high school.

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This product was developed by the Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with ASD, a project funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, K-12 Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.