Special Education

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School is an inclusive school where diversities of all types, including learning differences, are respected and embraced. We recognize that all students have individual learning needs. Our classroom instruction is designed to provide all learners with access to our curricula. Our District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP) describes accommodations that are available for all students.

A 1:1 technology program is in place to facilitate students’ development of independence as they learn effective technology-based strategies to compensate for challenges. Students work with iPads and have access to learning assistive applications, as needed.

For students with disabilities who are found eligible, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are developed to include specifically designed instruction, supports, and services. We are committed to educating students in the least restrictive environment.

Students’ special education programs are individualized. Some examples of supports and services are classes co-taught by general and special education teachers, or classes supported by special education paraprofessionals. Students may receive individual or small-group services, such as reading instruction or speech and language therapy.

Our special education staff includes special education teachers, paraprofessionals, speech-language pathologists, and psychologists. Additionally, all students can access our guidance counselors, school adjustment counselors, and school nurses for support as needed.

Special Education contacts:

Martha Barrett, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Special Education, 978-304-4700 x2101

Janet Norris, Director of Special Education, 978-304-4700 x2105

Janet Norris, Director of Special Education

JNorrisJanet has served as the Director of Special Education at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School since the school opened in 2014, after having served as Special Education Administrator for the Essex Agricultural and Technical School District for a period of 8 years (2006-2014).  Prior to that, Ms. Norris worked as a speech-language pathologist and special education teacher in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District serving students from Pre-K through Grade 12 (1984-2006).

Ms. Norris holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Salem State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Ms. Norris has also served on the Beverly School Committee (1999-2003).

Ms. Norris is a member of the Massachusetts Vocational Administrators of Special Education and the Council for Exceptional Children.  Her strong belief in inclusive education and the importance of finding ways to minimize the impact that a disability may have on a student are integral to her work on behalf of students with disabilities and their families.