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Stephanie Nelen

Stephanie Nelen is a New York State certified Special Education teacher certified in grades K-12. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary & Special Education from the University of Castleton with a minor in psychology. She has a  Masters degree in Special Education from Cambridge College. Prior to moving to Cooperstown, Stephanie taught for over 7 years in Boston MA, in both public and private schools. Stephanie has been teaching Special Education for the last 18 years.  Stephanie is a versatile and child advocate with a solid focus on individual needs.  She is a kindhearted and empathetic professional who is flexible and accommodating in the design and implementation of inspiring and hands on lessons.  She is skilled in addressing student needs, ensuring that all children thrive and are able to be the best at what they can be.

 

Outside her classroom, Stephanie volunteers in many community events  She helps promote independent living skills for adults with special needs as a registered Community Habilitation provider.  Stephanie helped found the Angel Network of Cooperstown and currently serves on the board of trustees.  Stephanie enjoys being involved in as many Cooperstown community events as possible.  Stephanie works with parents and caregivers to find the best educational services for the student according to his/her challenges.

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