• Director of Special Education

    Kathryn Ashbridge

     
    The Washington Township Board of Education has named Kathryn Ashbridge as the District’s Director of Special Education effective September 1, 2014. Ashbridge will supervise all elementary child study teams, occupational and physical therapists, and assist in all special education programming development and implementation under the direction of Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services Annette Miller.

    In her new capacity, Ashbridge will be responsible for the implementation and compliance of all state and federal legislation relating to special education code.  She will ensure the continuity of all special education programming and services in grades PreK-5 by assisting classroom teachers in identifying and developing strategies for working with students who have unique learning needs. She will facilitate the implementation of student placements as outlined in IEPs and the continuity of services for students involved in in-class support or inclusion placements.  Additionally, Ashbridge will assist with developing and administering budgets and grants and coordinating the extended school year and summer placement program.

    Ashbridge served in an expansive role as assistant superintendent for student services with the Upper Merion (Pa.) School District from 2006-14, where she coordinated staffing, instructional materials and resources for the District’s special education population. In addition to providing leadership in the planning, development and evaluation of the district’s student services and special education programs, Ashbridge oversaw the work of the nurses, psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists, hearing and vision therapists, occupational and physical therapists, adaptive physical education instructors, teacher assistants and all special education teachers.  From 2007-14, she assumed the role of executive director for the “Community Alliance for a Safer Tomorrow,” a community coalition that designed and implemented programs and strategies to combat youth substance abuse. She served as Upper Merion’s Supervisor of Special Education K-12 (1998-2006) and as Supervisor of Special Education K-12 at the Southeast Delco (Pa.) School District.

    In her new capacity, Ashbridge will be responsible for the implementation and compliance of all state and federal legislation relating to special education code. She will ensure the continuity of all special education programming and services in grades PreK-5 by assisting classroom teachers in identifying and developing strategies for working with students who have unique learning needs. She will facilitate the implementation of student placements as outlined in IEPs and the continuity of services for students involved in in-class support or inclusion placements. Additionally, Ashbridge will assist with developing and administering budgets and grants and coordinating the extended school year and summer placement program.

    Ashbridge served in an expansive role as assistant superintendent for student services with the Upper Merion (Pa.) School District from 2006-14, where she coordinated staffing, instructional materials and resources for the District’s special education population. In addition to providing leadership in the planning, development and evaluation of the district’s student services and special education programs, Ashbridge oversaw the work of the nurses, psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists, hearing and vision therapists, occupational and physical therapists, adaptive physical education instructors, teacher assistants and all special education teachers. From 2007-14, she assumed the role of executive director for the “Community Alliance for a Safer Tomorrow,” a community coalition that designed and implemented programs and strategies to combat youth substance abuse. She served as Upper Merion’s Supervisor of Special Education K-12 (1998-2006) and as Supervisor of Special Education K-12 at the Southeast Delco (Pa.) School District.

    Ashbridge served as a special education teacher for 15 years (1980-1995) in the Southeast Delco (Pa.) School District, the Moorestown (NJ) School District and at Camden County Vocational Technical High School.

    She holds a bachelor of arts degree in special education from LaSalle University (1980), a master’s degree in reading education from Arcadia University (1985), a supervisory certification from Cheyney University (1996), a principal’s certification from Immaculata University (2004) and a superintendent letter of eligibility from Eastern University (2007).