Special Education

Caitlyn Adams, Paraprofessional
Caitlyn attended Reading Area Community College after high school then transferred to Temple University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She volunteered at a charter school during her time at Temple and so enjoyed helping children improve their reading skills that she was drawn to education as a career. Since then she has worked with children and adults of various abilities in one on one and group settings.

Caitlyn enjoys cooking, swimming, hiking and spending time with family and friends. She also has seven nieces and nephews who keep her young and busy! Contact Caitlyn Adams at caitlyn.adams@sevengen.org.


Debra Depue, Paraprofessional

Debra resides in the Borough of Macungie.  She attended Wilson College studying Marketing Management.  She then worked for the East Penn School District for several years working as a Staff Assistant while working for the Nutrition Food Service for 25 plus years.  She also worked for First Impressions Daycare for 2 years before moving onto Rodale Child Care Center for another 5.5 years.  This is where she was introduced to Seven Generations and fell in love with this school.

She was very graciously introduced by two staff members, so when she learned how involved Seven Generations was with the environment she knew their educational methods would be equally if not more supportive and dedicated.

Mrs. Depue has a recent interest in camping with her new travel trailer.  She and her husband just started last year and don’t plan on slowing down, they have so much fun doing things.  She also loves to garden.  She recently got a dog, Kuda, and her favorite part of the day is hanging out with him.   Contact Debra at debra.depue@sevengen.org.


Melissa Peck-Dimotsis, Learning Support (Grade 4)
Melissa grew up in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania with her parents and two older brothers. She married in November 2012 and now lives in Hatfield with her new husband and cat, Nadia. Living close to family and friends is worth the long ride to Seven Gen every day!

Melissa graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education, from Bloomsburg University. She graduated with her Master in Special Education and Assistive Technology degree from West Chester University, in December 2013. Prior to coming to Seven Gen, she worked various long-term substitute positions for Norristown and Pottsgrove School Districts. Each of those positions was a great special education skill builder. Melissa also worked multiple summers of Extended School Year, where she worked with students with severe disabilities. She joined our staff as a Learning Support teacher in the year after opening and is now heading up a classroom of her own.

Melissa’s favorite pastime is spending time with her husband, family and friends. She also loves to bake new recipes (and oldies but goodies), read, go shopping and watch movies. If the weather is right, she loves to travel, swim and go fishing. Contact Melissa at melissa.peck@sevengen.org.

What is it like to teach at Seven Generations?
I have always believed that you learn something new every day, and that is how it has been working at Seven Generations. I love walking in the door every day to work with such an experienced and friendly staff, as well as a caring student population. Each day bring new surprises, love, laughs and memories. I can’t wait to see what I will learn tomorrow!

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Kyle Klinger, Paraprofessional 

Kyle grew up and currently resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  After graduating high school he completed some coursework at Penn State Berks and Harrisburg campuses before putting my education temporarily on hold and working in a variety of different jobs.  Helping others is such gratifying work. he was drawn to Seven Gen for the opportunity to be a positive role model, influence the children, and hopefully teach them something along the way. Working with a team of educators who all share those desires has been an incredible experience.  After work, he looks forward to sitting down with his cat and reading a  book to unwind. He is an unwavering Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan.  He loves turning up the volume and singing his heart out on any drive, no matter the distance. Finally, he cherishes the time he gets to spend with his family. Contact Kyle at kyle.klinger@sevengen.org.

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Karen Mattice, Kindergarten Learning Support 

More information coming soon.

To contact Karen Mattice email at Karen.Mattice@sevengen.org

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Danielle McConaghy, Learning Support Teacher (Grades K-1)
Danielle graduated from Gwynedd-Mercy College in 2009 with a BS in elementary and special education. She worked for two years as an instructional assistant in a learning support classroom and as an Extended School Year teacher, then joined our staff in fall 2011.

She lives in her hometown of Sellersville, where she enjoys reading, taking pictures and swimming, as well as spending time with friends and family. She is also a member of a choir and has had the privilege of traveling with them to perform in places like Ireland and Alaska. Contact Danielle McConaghy at danielle.mcconaghy@sevengen.org.

What is it like to teach at Seven Generations?
Teaching at Seven Generations has been a great experience so far. I feel extremely lucky to be working in a school with such a great sense of community. It’s evident that the needs of the students come first.

 


 

Beverly Schantz-Ayers, Paraprofessional

Beverly joined Seven Generations after spending 7 years in the public schools in both the Lifeskills and MDS classrooms.  A graduate of Emmaus High School & Lehigh County Vo-Tech, Beverly is also a Licensed Cosmetologist and has a Para-educator Certificate of Competency. Born in Allentown and currently resides n Pennsburg.

What drew Beverly to Seven Gen?  The desire to be part of a team that is dedicated to contributing to the educational needs of children.  Embracing the children’s diverse personalities and assisting in achieving their highest potential of personal growth.

When not at Seven Gen, Beverly enjoys spending time with her husband on Ocracoke Island, N.C., Fishing, gardening, walks, outdoor activities, cooking, and her Siamese cats.  Beverly also loves being a Grandmother! Contact Beverly at beverly.schantz-ayers@sevengen.org.


Andrea Tone, Learning Support Teacher, (Grades 2-3)

Mrs. Andrea Tone is originally from Hillsborough, NJ, Andrea now lives in Easton with her husband, puppy, and baby Tone to come this Thanksgiving.

Completing her undergraduate degree at Kutztown University, Andrea studied Special Education, receiving certifications in special education, elementary education, and a minor in music. She also recently completed her masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University. Prior to Seven Gen, Andrea was a job coach, preschool teacher, and autistic support teacher.

Growing up in a family of teachers, Andrea knew that she wanted to be a teacher from a young age. Andrea was drawn to Seven Gen originally for the EIC Model and integration. After working at Seven Gen since October 2016, Andrea has learned that Seven Gen is a warm environment the nurtures the learning of every child through hands-on learning.

When she isn’t at school, Andrea enjoys taking her puppy, Lacey, on walks, trying new restaurants, going to football games, and attending marching band competitions.