Developmental Skills Program
The Springfield Renaissance School’s Developmental Skills Program is a low-incidence special education program that services the needs of high school students ranging in age from 14 to 22. Cognitively the students are functioning between the ages of 6 months to 4 years. These students have a variety of unique medical, physical, and cognitive diagnoses and needs which are addressed in four self-contained classrooms. The classrooms support the development of independent living skills like self-care, communication, social skills, and problem solving. The program strives to help students become as independent as possible.
Developmental Skills Instructor - Dr. Jennifer Kroll (Dept. Head)
I have been a Special Education teacher for 27 years. It is a calling for me. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Special Education, both from the American University in Washington, DC. I have a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from American International College in Springfield, MA. I have taught students from pre-school all the way to the age of 22 with varying degrees of abilities. Currently, I am a Developmental Skills Special Education teacher, which I love. I enjoy reading, biking, and being creative (drawing, painting, building) when I am not in my classroom. I am married to my best friend, have three awesome children, one neurotic beagle, and five devious cats.
Developmental Skills Teacher- Annelis Goulet
I was born in Sweden 61 years ago. After finishing high school there I moved to the USA and attended UMass-Amherst where I received a degree in Education.
During that time I also got married and had two children. My daughter Rebecca is a
social worker in Granby, and my son Benjamin is a member of U.S. Special Forces and has completed 2 tours of duty in Iraq and 6 in Afghanistan, earning him 4 Bronze Stars.
I went on to earn my Master's Degree in Special Education at Westfield State University and have been teaching in Springfield for 33 years.
My hobbies are: spending time with my 3 grandsons, family, friends and my 2 dogs, going to the beach, reading, traveling and riding my motorcycle.
Developmental CNA/Paraprofessional - Kristen Newbrough
HS Developmental Skills Instructor - Shawn Marshall
I was born and raised in Springfield MA and I am 1 of 10 siblings. I have 3 beautiful, intelligent and successful daughters Damahya, Domonique and Shavon, who are all products of the Springfield Public School system. I became involved in education when my youngest child was born; as a single mother the hours were great for me. This decision has definitely been one of best I have made, as not only was I able to be available when my children needed me, but I was also able to make a difference in the lives of so many others.
I was a Special Education paraprofessional for 19 years at Rebecca Johnson School. When my youngest entered high school I returned to continue my education at Springfield College. I graduated with a Bachelor's in Science in May 2018. In the 2018-2019 school year I was a second/third grade Developmental teacher and I absolutely loved it.
I'm excited to make the transition to the high school level, as a parent of a Renaissance graduate, what better community to join than the Phoenix!
Developmental Teacher - Joseph Rufino
I am a Special Education Teacher for the Developmental program here at Renaissance High School. I graduated from The High School of Science & Technology in 2002, then graduated from Westfield State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Science. This will be my third year at Renaissance High School and every year has been rewarding in different ways. One reward that I get to enjoy every winter is being the Head Basketball Coach for the boy’s middle school team. There's nothing like hearing “Coach!” being yelled through the hallways of school.
Developmental Paraprofessional - Amy Beth Gustafson