Preschool Overview

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Our Preschool Special Day Class program provides individual education instruction and support for children with Individual Education Plans for children ages 3 to 5. The preschool Specialized Academic Instruction classrooms at LEAD Elementary are language-rich classrooms with specific focus on building compliance, communication, and school readiness skills. Each student in the classes have an individual schedule for the day to learn classroom routines. Visual supports are used at every activity to help build vocabulary and communication devices are used to allow students to have a voice. Students are introduced to writing, cutting and art activities and encouraged to be as independent as possible. Students also focus on building play and social skills.

LEAD Elementary school has two Preschool SDC classrooms, Ms. Serra and Ms. Danielle.

Marcella Serra - More information to come.

Danielle Paine received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida in 2004 and her Masters degree in Special Education from UF in 2005. She taught special education Kindergarten and 1st grade in Florida for five years while pursuing her certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She then moved to Arlington, Virginia where she taught for five years. In Arlington, Danielle worked as the lead teacher for resource and inclusion teacher and a Preschool/Early Intervention teacher. In 2016, Danielle moved to the Bay Area with her new husband and began teaching Preschool Special Education for San Mateo-Foster City School District. She has recently completed coursework for her BCaBA certification.