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    Susan Ummarino
    Special Education - Bridges Program
    Exeter Township Junior High School
    (610) 779-3320 ext. 3113
     
     
     
    Welcome to my webpage!  The purpose of my page is to provide you with information about myself, the Bridges Program at the Junior High School, and helpful links and documents about transition planning.  
     
    Beginning at the age of 14, IEP teams must begin discussing and planning for life after high school.  While that may seem early, it is never too soon to begin thinking about options. We chose the name "Bridges" for several reasons.  To begin, your time at the junior high can be viewed as a bridge between elementary school and high school.  Secondly, students begin the journey to adulthood in my classroom.  The skills learned will lay the foundation for success at the senior high and beyond.  We focus on knowing our strengths and preferences, which will provide the 'bridge' to many opportunities!
     
    As your child's teacher, it is my intention to assist you as much as possible by answering your questions, providing you with useful information, and delivering meaningful instruction to your child. By working together, and through activities in the classroom and community, I hope to encourage each student to become successful and independent.  During their time at the junior high, students will begin understanding their strengths and interests, and begin taking the lead in preparing for their future.  
     
    I have been working with children and adults with disabilities for over 25 years, and I have worked in the Exeter Township School District since 2004.  I held previous positions at Lorane Elementary, and as the CrossRoads Transition teacher at the senior high school.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the district and look forward to many years to come.  Listed below is some additional information about my training and experience. 
     
    Education and Additional Coursework
    Westminster College
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
     
    Lehigh University
    M.Ed. in Special Education
     
    Penn State Berks
    Assistive Technology
     
    Kutztown University
    Coursework in Visual Impairments (including Orientation and Mobility, Braille, and Low Vision)