Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Exceptional Children Teachers: Supporting Students, Families and Each Other During COVID-19 Restrictions

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Exceptional Children Teachers: Supporting Students, Families and Each Other During COVID-19 Restrictions

By Heather Earnhardt, Daphyne Brown, Thomas Gough, Kendra Gluck
July 22, 2020

Staff from the Exceptional Children department in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools convened a group of their teachers in Spring 2020 to share their perspectives and ideas. ​This advisory group includes approximately 20 teachers of exceptional children across Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. ​In this Voices from the Field video, the National Center on Intensive Intervention spoke with four teachers in the advisory group about their work during COVID-19 restrictions. Daphyne Brown, Kendra Gluck, Heather Earnhardt, and Thomas Gough discuss communicating with families​, adapting to virtual instruction​, adapting instructional materials​, continuing efforts in fall 2020, and sharing advice for other teachers​. ​

 

 

About the author

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Heather Earnhardt
Heather Earnhardt
/ Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Heather Earnhardt is a special education teacher at Elon Park Elementary in Charlotte, NC. Heather has been a special education teacher for 13 years, nine years in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She received her undergrad degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, FL.  

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Daphyne Brown
Daphyne Brown
/ Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Daphyne Brown is an Exceptional Children's (Special Education) teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. This year will be her eighth year teaching reading and math in an elementary school (K-5) setting. Her encouragement to start teaching was her son who was diagnosed with Autism at age 3.

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Thomas Gough
Thomas Gough
/ Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Thomas Gough is a Special Education teacher at Selwyn Elementary in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where he has been teaching for seven years. Mr. Gough is originally from Maryland and has lived in Charlotte for the past 23 years. Mr. Gough has an undergraduate degree from Dickinson College and a Master’s in Teaching Special Education from Pfeiffer University. Mr. Gough is married with two kids and loves sports and travel. 

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Kendra Gluck
Kendra Gluck
/ Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Kendra Gluck is a Special Education teacher for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools with 15 years of experience working in the elementary setting. Ms. Gluck has a M.S. with a dual certification in Special Education and Elementary Education from Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY). Ms. Gluck also has two children currently enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.