Danielle Sims
Special Education Coordinator

Roles and Responsibilities 

Maintains all required IDEA timelines via Skyward
- Oversees all documents written by Special Education       Teachers and other Multidisciplinary Team members

- Coordinates, with providers, all required       programming and services including

  • Instruction within the general education classroom
  • Speech and Language sessions
  • Occupational Therapy sessions
  • Physical Therapy sessions
  • Services for the Visually Impaired
  • Services for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

-Coordinates all required programming resources and   materials

  • Instructional materials
  • Progress monitoring tools
  • Sensory regulation tools
  • Assistive technology

-Regularly reviews students with Case Managers to   ensure instructional and programming decisions are   data-driven

-Functions as LEA during IEP Team Meetings (when not in role of Case Manager)

-Provides on-going support and educational   opportunities as required for parents/guardians of     identified students

-Participates on/Lead the Child Find Team

-Remains current with changing federal/state special   education mandates

-Attends necessary training and charter school   networking sessions in order to successfully complete   above responsibilities

-Maintains current Special Education Procedures   Handbook and disseminates updated information to   Multidisciplinary Team

-Collaborates with PIMS Coordinator for reporting of   the required special education data

-Functions as Case Manager for assigned caseload

-Maintains the confidentiality of all students   information

-Maintains current restraint procedures training and   certification

-Completes other tasks as assigned by PASCS   Administration


My name is Danielle Sims and I am the Special Education Coordinator here at Premier. I started working at Premier in August of 2014, but this is my 13th year teaching. I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Once I graduated, I worked for Schaffner Youth Center as a Case Manager/Court Liaison. After many years of working there, I decided I wanted to help our youth in a different way. This is when I decided to go back to school to be a Special Education Teacher and obtained my teaching certification from Eastern University. Our children are our future, and I wanted to be apart of making a difference. I am also proud to say that I have been a foster parent for 17 years. Whether it’s work or home, I’m all about the kids!

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