Special Education




Special Education

Jeannette Zuraitis, Department Chair

Room 216      jzuraitis@waterbury.k12.ct.us


Mr. John Curley Ms. Susan Angelini Ms. Cara Brown
Ms. Debra Lieberman Ms. Nancy White Ms. Deana Boll
Mr. Christian Imperato Mr. Robert Kavanaugh

Mr. Lamar Kennedy

Ms. Victoria Gambardella

Ms. Denise Macarski Mr. Joseph Perusse
Dr. Francesca Poulos Dr. Renu Saharan  


Related Services:


Ms. Nicole Lewis-Darby

Behavioral Therapist



Ms. Jennifer Casolo,

Speech Therapist

Ms. Sarah Downey-Sessa,  

Social Worker

Ms. Diane Grimaldi,

School Psychologist

Mr. Duvonne Parker, 

Behavioral Therapist

Ms. Shani Weinreb, .

Speech Therapist

Ms. Dawn Wilda,

Social Worker











Ms. Ana Acosta Mr. Edward Walton Ms. Kathleen Beece
Mr. James Burns Mr. Matthew Ingala Ms.  Ann Cianciolo
Ms. Traci Coit Ms. Regina Fields

Ms. Pearl Foy

Ms. Kendra Franks.

Ms Kari Gibson

Ms. Sandra Thomas
Ms. Julia Pizarro Ms. Anna Caisse Ms. Heather Zima
Ms. April Philibert Ms. Sheila Ritucci Ms. Aimee Scarduzio
Ms. Robin Seeley Ms. Michele Sheehan Ms. Dolores Sturdivant
Ms. Sandra Dickson-Beauford Ms. Nakesa Johnson Mr. Tenzin Tsamchoe





Wilby High School provides a full continuum of special education services designed to meet the needs of students with identified disabilities. Students are eligible for special education when specific testing documents that the student's disability adversely affects academic performance and cannot be corrected without special education and/or related services. Through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), students have the opportunities to reach their full potential in the least restrictive environment (LRE) possible.


Service delivery models include, but are not limited to:   

  • Co-Teaching: An approach that facilitates the inclusion of students who have disabilities in the general education classroom. The two teachers involved, usually a general education teacher and a special education teacher, work together to develop a differentiated curriculum that meets the needs of a diverse population of students.
  • Supported Instruction: An approach delivered in the classroom when a paraprofessional assists students in the general education classroom. Paraprofessionals are utilized in a variety of situations to support student learning.
  • IWE (Independent Work Experience): junior and senior special education students gain independent, hands-on work experience while developing employment skills necessary to be successful in an entry-level position.
  • CBT (Community Based Training): Students, along with a certified teacher and paraprofessional, rotate work sites highlighted each marking period. Students perform tasks in small clusters emphasizing appropriate work attitudes, social skills and problem-solving skills.

Additionally, speech and language services are available for students who may experience communication impairments. These services involve student observations and evaluations, consultations with staff and parents, and student therapy. Communication impairments may be divided into the following five categories: language impairment, articulation impairment, fluency impairment, voice impairment, and hearing impairment. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), when a communication impairment adversely affects educational performance it is considered a communication disability. The student then qualifies for special education speech and language services.

Wilby High School
568 Bucks Hill Road
Waterbury, CT 06704
Phone: 203.574.8100

Fax: 203.574.6896