Greenwich High School’s Windrose Program Administrator Rosemarie (Roe) Ampha announced today that she has accepted a position as the Director of Secondary Special Education for the White Plains Public Schools in White Plains, NY.
Her last day with the Greenwich Public Schools will be October 11.
Ms. Ampha said, “It has been an honor to serve the students and families of Greenwich High School. I have enjoyed my time working for GPS over the past 14 years. I am truly blessed to have worked with such an amazing and talented group of professionals. I appreciate the opportunities Greenwich has afforded me.” Ms. Ampha has been with the Greenwich Public Schools at Greenwich High School (GHS) and the GHS alternative high school program since 2004.
Greenwich High School Headmaster Chris Winters said, “Roe has done an excellent job for us over the years. As the Program Administrator for SPED at GHS, Roe worked diligently to refine practices and build trust among parents and staff. As the leader of the Greenwich Alternative HS and now Windrose, Roe was instrumental in redesigning a program that serves students of varying needs. We will miss Roe’s steady leadership and wish her the best in her new position.”
An interim program administrator will be appointed to oversee Windrose for the 2017-2018 school year. A new program leader search and appointment is expected to be completed for the 2018-2019 school year.
Ms. Ampha began her career in education at Greenwich High School (GHS) as a Special Education teacher, becoming the Program Administrator for Special Education at GHS in 2010. In this role, she supervised the program that supports secondary students with disabilities in a variety of settings through a continuum of services. She guided the program through an expansion of options for students and worked closely with staff from the Comprehensive Support Program (CSP) to refine the positive behavior system. She guided a shift in instructional practices to a more hands-on approach using Universal Design for Learning. She also created systems to ensure consistency in educational best practices across Resource Rooms, initiated Special Education forums for parents, and developed a community-based transition program for 18-21 year-old students. In 2015, Ms. Ampha became the Program Administrator for Greenwich High School’s alternative high school program. She led a team of alternative high school teachers through a redesign process, resulting in the Windrose program launch in 2017.
Ms. Ampha received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from State University of New York (SUNY) in Oswego, NY in 2002; a Master of Science degree in childhood special education from Hunter College, NY, NY in 2004; a Master of Science degree in curriculum development and instructional technology from SUNY in Albany, NY in 2005, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in administration from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT in 2008.
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