Author: Kathryn Weaver, D. Ed.
Kathryn Weaver, D. Ed, is the Special Education Director for New Story in New Cumberland. She chose the special education sector in part due to her family, but also because she saw a huge opportunity to help students succeed. She started working summers as a group supervisor and camp counselor, and then, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Immaculata University, in 2004 worked as a substitute teacher for a local intermediate unit.
She has a doctorate of education with a specialization of teacher leader in digital transformation from Capella University in 2019. Her thesis was called, "The Forgotten IEP Question," and focused on assistive technologies. Weaver also has two master’s degrees; her first in special education, from Grand Canyon University in 2010, and the second in educational administration from the University of Scranton in 2013. Weaver also has certification in principal K-12, elementary education K-6 instructional II, special education N-12 instructional II, HOUSSE general science 7-12, HOUSSE math 7-12, HOUSSE language arts 7-12 and HOUSSE social studies 7-12.
Because of her extensive training and long commitment to the needs of students, she joined New Story in October 2017 as the Special Education Director for New Story Schools in New Cumberland.
The most important part of her job is being a team player, leading by example, and helping students and teachers excel in their programming and in their profession. Weaver has walked in the shoes of the teachers she works with and the parents of her students. Because she has a son with autism, she’s able to make a personal connection to their successes and challenges. She’s always willing to learn more and “get her hands dirty.”
She lives with her husband and four children. They travel, camp, love the beach and all five of them work at the PA Renaissance Faire during the summer and fall. She is a published poet and is working on her Doctor of Education degree through Capella University.
Posted August 26, 2020
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