A Message from Michelle and Kaitlin

Greetings Families,

We hope that you are already enjoying summer vacation and all that it brings! We want to thank you once again for sharing your children and family with us this year--it is truly our honor and pleasure to serve our community!

Before we log off for summer, we want to share some staffing updates and final reminders with you:

First, we want to congratulate our own Megan Katz for pursuing her passion in speech pathology. Megan will be serving us as DV Connect's Speech and Language Pathologist next year! We are excited to see her succeed in this new role.

In Megan's place, Patrick Garland will be stepping in to the role of Core 3 teacher! Patrick is excited to carry on Megan's good work in supporting this unique age and grade of students!

We are excited to share some changes taking place in Core 4. In Patrick's place, we have hired an incredible teacher named Katrina. She is excited to join our staff and we feel very fortunate to have her! Next door, Rita will continue to teach Core 4 in the mornings while her new teaching partner, Alexandra, leads the charge in the afternoons. Rita is excited to spend the second half of each day supporting our Connect high schoolers. We are very excited about all of these changes in Core 4!

Additionally, in the mornings, Alexandra will be joining Kelsey and Julia to co-teach Core 2. Another incredible trio of teachers!

Finally, some of you may know already that one of our special education teachers, Jen Vega, has been called in a different direction, and will be leaving Da Vinci Connect. We wish her the best on the many adventures to come! In her place, we have hired Andrea, who will work closely with Raphael to offer an exceptional support program for our students with IEPs.

We are so excited and confident about our teaching teams next year! As you may know, our hiring process is thoughtful, arduous, and involves many layers of interviews and interactions before a position is offered. We are over the moon about these new additions to our team!

Emails from your child(ren)'s teacher(s) will be coming to your inbox in the next week or so. Everyone on the DV Connect team is looking forward to seeing you in August!

Finally, if you are looking for ways to fill those long summer hours (ha!), the DV Connect staff will be enjoying Dan Siegel's newest book, "The YES Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child", and would love if you read along with us! We will be exploring the content of this book in different ways throughout the year, and wanted to extend this invitation to all of you. Happy reading, and Happy Summer!