Currently over 1,300 students within the Norwalk public school system have special needs, and a new vision for special education support within the district has never been more crucial.
Norwalk Public School officials announced last month they've selected Christina Fensore as the permanent director of special education and pupil personnel services for elementary school students. Fensore has served in the job on an interim basis and says her goal as a director is to bring unity among school staff and to ensure faculty members have the necessary training to help every student with his or her specific needs.
"It's a much larger district, so obviously when you have more people and more buildings, having that time to bring people together to have conversations and build consistency I think is probably one of the biggest challenge," said Fensore.
Fensore began her position this spring. She has been involved special education for 19 years, previously teaching in various districts in Connecticut.
"I've just always really enjoyed watching a student learn something new that they couldn't do before, that they struggled with and seeing kids make progress and I really believe all students can learn and we need to meet them where their needs are," said Fensore.