Special Education COVID-19 Reopening Updates

Dear Parents, 

We are looking forward to having our students back next week!  Here are a few special education department updates regarding the reopening:

  • All IEP, 504, and ETR meetings will be held via video and/or teleconference during the 2020-2021 school year.  
  • Masks are required for in person instruction.  Please bring a doctor’s note for your child if he/she has a disability preventing him/her from wearing a mask.
  • Clear masks are available for staff or students for students with communication and hearing needs or by request
  • Students enrolled in the Colts Online Learning Academy with an IEP will be served via online services and telehealth following the distance learning plan developed with you and your child’s IEP team.
  • All students enrolled in person with an IEP will have a contingency plan developed in order to prepare for the possibility of another school closure in the future.  You will be contacted by your child’s IEP case manager for input on the plan and you can request a full IEP team meeting to discuss any concerns you may have with your child’s ability to access instruction in an online setting.

If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me.

Thank you,

Nicole K. Stalter

Director of Special Services

Meet the High School Intervention Specialists

Tera Petruska, Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Tera Petruska

Mrs. Petruska has worked at Cloverleaf for six years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Social Studies (7-12) and a Master’s degree in Special Education. She is married with two children. Mrs. Petruska shared that she loves the small town feel of Cloverleaf, and the support from the community is a blessing. She chose to be an educator because she loves watching students succeed even when the path isn’t always easy.

Wendy Nelson, Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Wendy Nelson

Mrs. Nelson has worked at Cloverleaf for twenty-one years. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor’s degree in education and a Master’s degree in School Administration. She is married with three children. She shared that she loves getting to know the students and families here at Cloverleaf and helping the students succeed and find their “niche”.

Blair Shimandle, Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Blair Shimandle

Ms. Shimandle has worked many years at Cloverleaf in various capacities, but this is her fifth year working full-time as a teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master’s degree in Secondary Social Science from the University of Southern California. She has two 4-legged children: a Dutch Shepherd Dog named Wicket and a tabby cat named GT. Ms. Shimandle shared, “Cloverleaf has always felt like home to me. I lived here as a young kid, and when I came back to visit as an adult, it was clear that this is my home.” This year, Ms. Shimandle is providing interventions and specialized instruction for our online students.

Stephanie Senko,  Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Stephanie Senko

This is Mrs. Senko’s ninth year as a high school intervention specialist. Before coming to Cloverleaf, she worked at McCormick Middle School in Wellington, Ohio, teaching eighth grade social studies and at Wellington High School in their cross categorical disability program. While at Cloverleaf she has co-taught English 9, English 10 and Algebra 1A.

Michele Day,  Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Michele Day

Mrs. Day is in her fourth year teaching at Cloverleaf. She attended Columbus State Community College in Columbus, OH and graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in American Sign Language Education/Interpretation. She worked as a sign language interpreter for 5 years in the middle and high school setting. Mrs. Day then moved to Kent, OH where she earned my BSE degree in Special Education from Kent State University. This is where she met her husband. Mrs. Day shared, “While I was working as an interpreter I worked with students who struggled with multiple disabilities. I often had to reinforce academic skills learned in the classroom and found that part of my job much more satisfying and enjoyable. I also realized that my natural skill set was much more aligned to teaching rather than interpreting. After 5 years of interpreting I decided to make the career change to become a special education teacher. It was one of the best decisions of my life!”

Alison Hanudel,  Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Alison Hanudel

Mrs. Hanudel has been teaching since 2005, and this is her 9th year within the Cloverleaf Local School district. She has a B.S. in Physical Education and an M.Ed. in Exceptional Student Education. She also has reading, computer/technology, and adapted physical education endorsements. Mrs. Hanudel enjoys sports, being outdoors, and doing lots of fun activities with her family. She and her husband have two children, Penelope and Eleanor. Both of Mrs. Hanudel’s parents were teachers (father taught physical education and mother taught special education), so she knew early on that she wanted to be a teacher to continue in their footsteps and help students be successful.

Susan Kolar

Mrs. Kolar has worked at Cloverleaf for five years, but has taught for a total of 38 years! She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) and is married with two children (twins: a boy and girl). Mrs. Kolar shared that she has known since second grade that she wanted to be a special education teacher. She had a friend that was hearing impaired and no one would play with her until she suggested that group include her. Being able to make someone happy is what inspired her to become a special educator.

Nicholas Romanoff,  Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Nicholas Romanoff

Mr. Romanoff has been a teacher at Cloverleaf for nine years. He is a Cloverleaf graduate and is married to a Cloverleaf elementary school teacher. Mr. Romanoff earned his Bachelor’s degree from Walsh University and his Master’s degree from Western Governors. He shared that he became a teacher because he wanted to help students. Seeing their success is very motivating.

Heidi Soriano

Ms. Soriano is excited to begin her seventh year of teaching and second year at Cloverleaf this school year. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary / Special Education from Bethany College and a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Briar Cliff University. She is very excited to be a part of the team at Cloverleaf and hopes to help all students learn that they can reach their goals with hard work and resilience in the face of adversity. 

Instructional Continuity for All Students

Dear Families of Students Receiving Special Education Services,

Our Cloverleaf staff recognize the significant impact this state mandated closure will have on our entire community, students, families, and staff. While many things may remain uncertain, what we can say with certainty is that our district staff cares deeply about your student and recognize families of students receiving special education services will be uniquely impacted by these closures. We wanted to acknowledge that you and your family may be experiencing significant impacts in your home life.

Special Education staff are working diligently to provide materials and resources to our students and families during the closure.  We are also rescheduling IEP meetings to occur online or via phone beginning March 30th. Your child’s case manager will give you instructions on how you can participate in the IEP meeting when you are contacted to reschedule.  

Take care of yourself, your family, and your community.

Nicole Stalter
Director of Special Services
Cloverleaf Local Schools  

Medina County District Library: Sensory Kits Now Available

News from the Medina County District Library:
Sensory Kits are now located at Children’s and Reference service desks at all library locations (Medina, Brunswick, Lodi, Highland, Buckeye, Seville, and Bookmobile) and can be accessed at any time for use within the library.

They are available for all ages and needs but are geared toward adults and youth with autism or sensory challenges. These kits include items that can facilitate a calming affect for people dealing with sensory issues, such as stress balls, weighted blankets, and noise cancelling headphones. MCDL wants the library to be a safe, calm place everyone can enjoy.

The kits were made possible through funding from Rotary Club of Medina Sunrise and a grant from Autism Speaks.

For more information, visit: https://mcdl.info/SensoryKit