(K-5 Alternative School)
The WCESC K-5 Alternative School Program was developed out of a county need for an alternative educational programming option for students at those grade levels that are engaging in behavior that prohibits them from being able to maintain safety in their home school building. Students referred to the program engage in behavior such as significant aggression towards adults and classroom objects; elopement from the classroom; consistent task refusal; emotional regulation difficulties; difficulty with focused attention during academic work thus leading to escape like behaviors. Students needing this level of programming typically have a lack of school experience before starting kindergarten, have been impacted by trauma, and may have little to no structure in the home environment.
The Academy is new for 2020-2021 and is located at 196 Northcrest Drive, Mason, Ohio.
Tara Gee, 513-695-2905, x3010
Tara is new to WCESC. She will be the Supervisor for the Phoenix Academy Program. She is excited to be working with the Warren County ESC and hope to have a positive impact on the staff and students. Previously Tara was a special education supervisor in Hamilton City School District for 3 years where she worked with several elementary schools and a middle school. Prior to this, Tara was an intervention specialist at Springboro Schools for 5 years working with grades K - 5 in both a resource room and inclusion setting. In the beginning of her career, she was an intervention specialist in a high school class with student with multiple disabilities through Montgomery County ESC for 7 years. Tara has a passion for helping students grow in the areas of academics, social skills, emotional skills, and problem-solving skills.