LEARN Welcomes Special Education Supervisors

LEARN Welcomes Special Education Supervisors

LEARN continued the expansion of its Office of Student Support Services (SSS) by adding two new supervisors to the agency’s leadership team.

Effective immediately, LEARN has hired Meghan Pogonelski and Carla Strecker as SSS Special Education Supervisors. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their positions working with LEARN staff and students.

“Meghan and Carla are brilliant educators who know the importance of forming great relationships with students and who understand the intricacies of our work,” said Bridgette Gordon-Hickey, LEARN Associate Executive Director of Student Support Services. “They will be tremendous assets to LEARN and the families we serve.”

Pogonelski, of North Haven, will supervise SSS’s elementary-age special education programming, working with teachers and students at two LEARN interdistrict magnet schools – The Friendship School in Waterford and Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London, in addition to consulting with students and colleagues at the Ocean Avenue LEARNing Academy.

Pogonelski spent the last seven years as a special education teacher at Six to Six Magnet School in Bridgeport, where she served her administrator internship. She was also a teacher at the Cooperative Educational Services’ Therapeutic Day Program, working with students with complex behavioral, developmental, and emotional disabilities. She received her bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southern Connecticut State University, where she also recently completed her doctoral work in Educational Leadership.

“I’m looking forward to supporting students, teachers, and families, as well as continuing to work with magnet schools,” Pogonelski said.

Strecker, of East Haddam, will supervise SSS’s secondary special education programming. In addition to working with services and staff at the LEARNing Academy and the LEARN Transition Academy on Boston Post Road in East Lyme, she will consult with students and colleagues at LEARN’s magnet middle and high schools, including Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School in Waterford and Three Rivers Middle College in Norwich. Both Strecker and Pogonelski will serve on LEARN’s leadership team.

Strecker spent the past 14 years as a middle school special education teacher in Region 4 in Deep River. She taught at John Winthrop Middle School, serving as their special education department coordinator since 2010. In that capacity, her duties included training colleagues in assistive technology, managing budgets, and serving as a building administrator. She received her undergraduate degree at UConn and her Master’s degree and sixth year degree at Southern Connecticut State University.

“I’m eager to get to know the communities that LEARN serves and to supporting families and students,” Strecker said.

Meghan Pogonelski    
Meghan Pogonelski, Special Education Supervisor
for elementary-aged programming.

Carla Strecker
Carla Strecker, Special Education Supervisor
for secondary-age programming.

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