Cleveland Elementary School

Special Education

      Our Deaf and Hard of Hearing program (DHH) helps students to meet their highest potential by providing them with an Individualized Education program (IEP), adapted grade level curriculum, highly qualified staff and assistive services.  The development of the student’s language (ASL and English) is incorporated in all subjects and activities. 
       We also work on social skills, community connection and deaf culture.  It is our goal to provide all deaf and hard of hearing children the best education possible.  Parent and teacher involvement is essential in making this all come together. 

Our Mission Statement


      We are a team of hard-working, flexible, supportive, dedicated, knowledgeable and motivated special educators and staff who are here to meet the individual needs of students, provide intensive language experiences and opportunities for students to access curriculum, and to involve parents in their child's education. 

       To meet these goals we will work collaboratively to develop and follow students' IEP goals and objectives.  By using a variety of modalities including ASL, spoken language, auditory training, voice, mime, facial expressions, and gestures we will facilitate language development and communication in our classrooms.  Experiences to develop language will be individualized based on student needs with an emphasis on a strong foundation in ASL.  DHH teachers and staff participate in professional development and support all team personnel to help achieve our goals.

School Supplies


Room 10 would greatly appreciate any donations for this year. 

  • glue sticks
  • pencil boxes
  • Kleenex
  • hand sanitizer
  • pencils
  • colored pencils
  • folders (for homework)

In addition, we would like each child to have their own regular size backpack (no pre-school size bags or bags with wheels, please)

On-Site Psychologist

Burns, Ryan Psychologist


Czerny, Dorothy DHH Teacher Grades TK/K/1
Garcia-hooker, Monica DHH Teacher 4th/5th
Han, Linda Resource Specialist (RSP)
Martin, Kimberly Teacher grades 2/3/4
Shapiro, Lisa DHH Teacher grades 2/3/4
Starnes, Craig Teacher

DHH Paraeducators and Interpreters

Flake, Carey Paraeducator - DHH
Gurule, Robin Paraeducator - DHH
Newman, Jene Paraeducator - DHH

Speech and Language Specialist

Avedissian, Danielle Staff
Rozzel, Jessica Staff