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School: Key West Montessori Charter School

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County: Monroe



Jennifer Catalano has been teaching for 14 years and is in her fifth year of working with children on the Autism spectrum. She currently works at the Key West Montessori Charter School in Key West as the Exceptional Student Education teacher. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the State University of NY at Cortland. Her senior year of college was spent in Washington, D.C. at Gallaudet University where she experienced full immersion in the Deaf Culture and began learning American Sign Language. She obtained her Master's degree in Deaf Education from the University of Arizona. For the majority of her career she taught Deaf and hard-of-hearing students in a variety of educational settings including schools for the Deaf and within public schools as an itinerant teacher.

In August 2008, she made a career change and began working as the ESE teacher in a K-2 Varying Exceptionalities self-contained/resource classroom. The majority of her students were on the Autism spectrum. This experience was the most challenging and, by far, the most rewarding of her career. At the beginning of the 2011 school year, she decided to make another change and work as the ESE teacher at the Montessori Charter School. She continues to work with students on the Autism spectrum, however, now in the general education setting. She remains challenged and inspired by her students' experiences. She is honored and grateful to have been selected to be a participant in the Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism.

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