Darien Schools hired Elizabeth Wesolowski to work as the assistant director for elementary special
education. She will replace Laura Conte, who has worked in the district since 2008.
Wesolowski has spent her entire teaching career in Darien Schools where she has had increasing leadership responsibilities, school officials said. Wesolowski is currently the district program integration coordinator, where she works with both special and general education teachers to ensure that programs and practices are designed to meet the needs of all students.
She has also helped create procedures and documentation for the scientific research-based intervention, or SRBI, process and in developing guidelines for moving students from SRBI to special education services. She has provided professional development to administrators and teachers across the district in these areas and this past year she oversaw a collaborative teaching pilot program at the elementary level.
Prior to that, Wesolowski was a special education teacher who was responsible for curriculum modification, delivery of instruction, individualized educational plan, or IEP, development and implementation, academic testing and case management. She has been involved in reading and writing workshops, Cathy Fosnot mathematics applications and technology integration for curricular and managerial purposes. She has been recognized for her ability to mentor new teachers, support students with a range of needs, communicate clearly and effectively, and her own love of learning, school officials said.
Wesolowki, who is certified in as both a general and special education teacher, earned her undergraduate bachelor of arts degree in English from Gettysburg College. She received a master of science from Fordham University in teaching with a childhood education major. She completed another master’s degree in educational leadership from the College of New Rochelle where she is currently a doctoral candidate in the school’s executive leadership program.
Wesolowski has been awarded grants to study Spanish and has developed the skills necessary to complete evaluations for students whose native language is Spanish, school officials said. She has been a CMT testing coordinator and has done training in the Case-Partner Model for the improvement of teaching and learning. Her research interests have focused on factors that impact teacher-teacher collaboration and teachers’ shared ownership of student learning.
Wesolowski lives in Westchester, NY.