Director of Special Education/School Psychologist
The Student Services Department includes the areas of special education and pupil services. Our Student Services Department is dedicated to an investment in the learner as a whole, and believes that strong relationships with children and families is at the heart of all that we do. We are committed to providing universal strategies and supports through social-emotional learning curriculum and prevention programs designed to provide students with the skills they need to engage socially, academically and within the greater community. We are solution-focused, creative, and strengths-based when it comes to designing programs and services to meet the unique challenges faced by students today. Our goal is to collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure that each child has what they need to be successful.
Student services cover a wide variety of topics, some of which include: child find/screening, special education, anti-discrimination law and 504 Plans, complaint reporting and investigation, school psychological and guidance services, home-bound services, homelessness, bullying, AODA prevention, community connections/resource, and data collection/analysis.
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I graduated in 2007 from UW-Parkside with a BA in English. In 2011, I completed my secondary education certification. I spent seven years teaching high school English at East Troy High School and Wilmot Union High School. I taught freshman, juniors, and seniors. I entered my Master in School Counseling Program through Concordia in August of 2016. I will graduate in December, 2018. I have always known that I wanted to work with children. I feel passionately about working with families and teachers in order to help all students achieve success. I believe students should be heard and supported, challenged and celebrated, encouraged and loved.
School Counseling is offered to all students in a variety of formats; grade-level classes, life choices classes, academic and career planning, as well as individual and group counseling sessions on a multitude of topics. In addition to counseling, our guidance counselor is your resource for information regarding homelessness, bullying, and AODA prevention. Please contact our school counselor for more information!
Student Services Program Support/Learning Resource Teacher
This year begins my 16th year in education and 5th year here at Wheatland. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. As a Special Education Learning Resource teacher, I have worked with and supported teachers and students in grades 1-5 and have been a Co-teacher in reading for grades 2, 3, & 4. Along with being a Special Education Case Manager, I also am Wheatland’s Student Services Program Support. In this role, I support and assist special education and general education teachers with effective writing and implementation of student Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for our special education students, as well as coordinate and serve as the district’s Co-teaching consultant.
I have been married to my amazing husband, Jake for 14 years now and we have two wonderful children, Mason (12) and Gabriella (9), who also attend Wheatland. In my free time, I enjoy running, biking, reading, watching movies and traveling/camping with my family.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” -Malcolm X
Please contact me with any questions regarding the Student Services Department!
My name is Steve Zorich, and I will be helping Ms. Emily Lynd provide school psychological services this school year. I am excited to be a part of the Wheatland School family!
I currently live in Lake Geneva with my wife, Berta, who is an 8th grade math teacher and our one-year-old golden retreiver, Yerkes. We named her Yerkes, because we were so fortunate to be married at Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay. We like to take Yerkes for walks and spend time with her by our side. Additionally, we enjoy kayaking, reading, and listening to music.
Professionally, I have many years of experience as a school psychologist in Walworth County, as well as several years experience as a Director of Special Education/Pupil Services. In addition, in 2005, I completed a doctoral degree in Child/Adolescent Clincial Psychology. I look forward to meeting and working with the students, families, and staff at Wheatland!
School Psychologist Intern
Annie Halterman is very excited to start her journey as a school psychologist at Wheatland Center School! Coming all the way from the Washington D.C. area, she came to Wisconsin to go to grad school for school psychology. She is currently going to school at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and will be working with Mrs. Lynd to practice everything she has learned!