Patti Blake: I graduated from Cherryvale High School in 1975. I attended several vocational schools in Oklahoma while living there for 18 years. I worked in home health with the ill and elderly, including Hospice for three years. Upon moving back to Kansas from Oklahoma about six years ago, I joined the Independence High School staff as a Para Educator and worked with a student with autism. Upon his graduation, I helped him transition to CLASS LTD. I continued to work with him and all other clients as an Activity Director until a year ago when I accepted a position at the Middle School, in special education.
My new job: I am taking Allen Crim's position, and know that I have big shoes fill. Coordinated Resource Support Services (CRSS) is a 24/7 emergency response system to crisis situations. The main duties, as I see them, are to help clients with intellectual disabilities/ developmental disabilities and who may have mental illness when they are in crisis situations and develop a plan that fits each individual to help them through the problem. We have a great team to work with and I have met many service oriented staff that I can rely on for assistance, for which, I am very appreciative.
On the personal side: I am married to a wonderful man, Brad. We live on a small farm just outside of Cherryvale. I have two children, three grandchildren and cats and dogs. My husband and I also do foster care through TFI. We attend church in Erie, love to read, walk and do gardening.
Carla Heintz joins the Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) as an early childhood technical assistance specialist with more than 21 years of experience in the fields of early childhood and early childhood special education. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in teaching Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Children with a disability emphasis from Iowa State University, a Master's degree in Special Education with a gifted emphasis from Wichita State University, and she has completed the building level administrative certification program through Newman University.
Most recently, Carla was the Director of Early Childhood in the Haysville Public Schools. Prior to her work in Haysville, Carla was a teacher in the Wichita Public School system for 16 years and has experience providing Early Childhood Special Education for 3, 4 and 5 year olds, as well as teaching regular education Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade.
Carla brings an extensive background in early childhood curriculum and curriculum alignment. She and her team in Haysville aligned their early childhood curriculum with the Kansas Early Learning Standards, and have created curriculum maps to help guide instruction. Under Carla's leadership, the Haysville Early Childhood Program became an inclusive program by using a co-teaching model to integrate their four-year-old at-risk preschool and early childhood special education programs. In addition, Carla helped establish a family-guided IEP process that was recognized as a KSDE exemplary practice. Carla has worked in both self-contained and inclusive early childhood special education programs. She is knowledgeable regarding inclusive practices, adapting early childhood curriculum and collaborative teaming. Carla's other areas of interest and expertise include supporting young children experiencing behavioral concerns and their social – emotional outcomes, embedding intervention in early childhood curriculum, using developmentally appropriate practice to provide intentional teaching, and early childhood program administration.
As a technical assistance specialist, Carla will be working with agencies and individuals serving preschool age children with disabilities and their families. She is an experienced presenter and has made several presentations at both state and national conferences. She has served on the Boards of the Sedgwick County Early Childhood Coordinating Council and the Kansas Division of Early Childhood. She will be based in Wichita and is looking forward to having the opportunity to work with the early childhood programs and professionals in Kansas.
Mary Pat Pashetti: January 3, 2011 was my first day with the SEK Family Care Treatment Project. My educational background includes a B.S. in Elementary Education at Pittsburg State University in 1996 with a minor in Special Education and Social Work. I completed my Master's Degree in Special Education Teaching in 1998. I focused my educational pursuits in the field of teaching students with severe emotional disturbance, and I am certified to teach behavior disorders K-12. In addition, I have 15 post-graduate hours in criminal and 15 post-graduate hours in criminal and behavioral psychology.
The past 15 years I have worked as a special education teacher at Pittsburg High School, Southeast High School, Cherokee Village Day School and Neodesha Middle School in self-contained classrooms for students with behavior disorders. I was trained by a certified behavior analyst and have worked in conjunction with Project Stay.