Meet The Special Education Team
Special Educator 4-6
I began teaching in 1988 (BS from SUNY Geneseo) and have taught Elementary, Middle and High School. I earned a Master’s in Special Education at the University of Oregon in 2005. Particularly fun and interesting were the 8 years I spent sharing a High School Special Education job with my wife, who is a Special Ed teacher at BUHS. Our kids (now 16 and 18) were small and we arranged it so that we alternated days so one of us was home with them each day.
I’ve taught a lot in traditional settings, but also outside the typical settings. In eighth grade I began giving trumpet lessons and taught swimming lessons, both of which I did for many years. In the mid ‘90’s I lived in Australia and worked as a dive instructor. For about 12 years I made a living as a professional juggler, with performances and workshops in 10 states and four countries. I’ve taught more than 10,000 people to juggle. After moving to Brattleboro, my family discovered the New Englan Youth Theatre and I’ve had great pleasure in being part of the directing team for several shows.
Through it all I have learned that I love teaching/learning best when a person gets to do something they didn’t think they could do, something they thought was impossible--sometimes that person is me!
Speech-language Pathologist (SLP)
Hi! My name is Jennifer Sawyer and I serve as the speech and language pathologist (SLP) for pre-k-6th grade here at Oak Grove School. I screen, evaluate and treat speech and language disorders, as well as consult with teams, including parents, to help support students’ communication. I graduated from the University of Vermont's (UVM) undergraduate speech pathology program in 1996, worked as a speech assistant for several years in Vermont and Western Massachusetts, and returned to UVM to receive my Master’s of Science Degree in Speech Pathology in 2003.
After receiving my master’s, I started my career in Essential Early Education (EEE), working with children between the ages of 2-5, in Springfield, VT. Following the birth of my first child, I wanted to find a position closer to home, which led me to my current position at Oak Grove School. I have been lucky enough to be at Oak Grove for the past 14 years!
I live in Brattleboro with my husband and our three children. I enjoy reading, cooking, walking our dog, Jeter, and spending time with my family. Together we root for the New York Yankees, although we are a family of native Vermonters. I immensely enjoy my career as a speech-language pathologist and I feel grateful to be a part of the Oak Grove community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-3740, ext. 128. Thank you for trusting me with your children, a privilege I don’t take for granted.