A unique approach for unique learners. Our academic programs are designed specifically to embrace the unique learning and communication styles of our students at the individual level.

The Halton School is led by a team of educators with extensive experience and degrees in educating children with Asperger’s / Autism Spectrum Disorder and associated learning challenges. They are seasoned educators who have strong histories of successfully designing and implementing curricula and teaching methodologies that improve students’ academic performance.

Our multi-sensory approach to teaching is student-centered and differentiated so the individual needs of each learner can be met. We provide a rigorous curriculum in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies using alternative instruction, reinforcement, and assessment methods for our students.

We believe it is important to use evidence-based programs that have been proven effective with students with learning differences and Asperger’s. The Halton School uses highly effective programs such as Orton-Gillingham for reading instruction, and programs like the Quest Program to address the needs of students with social skill and pragmatic language weaknesses.

For any student, educating the whole child is a good idea, but for children with Asperger’s / Autism Spectrum Disorder, it’s of paramount importance.

Students will take classes in physical education, art, music, and executive functioning. Classes are supplemented with field trips and other experiences to keep our students excited and engaged in the learning process.

The Halton School was created by Aspire Carolinas Foundation, started in 2017 by a group of educators and professionals who saw a gap in the educational services offered to students with learning challenges in Huntersville, NC and the greater Charlotte Region.

Meet Our Teachers

Julie Person

Julie received her BA degree in English from Plattsburgh State University and her M.Ed. in Specific Learning Disabilities from UNC Charlotte. Julie anticipates graduating with her Ph.D. in Special Education from UNC Charlotte in 2020. Julie brings many years of educational experience to the Halton School and previously worked as a 3rd and 5th grade teacher at the Fletcher School. In addition, Julie is a Certified Orton-Gillingham instructor, and she has privately tutored and created lessons for students. Julie also has extensive administrative experience and worked as the Academic Affairs Coordinator at the Fletcher School. Julie has conducted various research and evaluation projects for UNC Charlotte and Lake Norman Pediatric Therapy.

Magdalena Sztabowski

Magdalena graduated from Warsaw University, Poland with an Associate’s degree in Psychology and Public Health. After moving to the U.S., she enrolled at Hunter College in N.Y. and began working towards a degree in Child Psychology. Magdalena received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/ Child Psychology from UNC Charlotte in 2009. She has many years of teaching experience in Early Education and Special Education, and previously taught at La Petite Academy, Little Scholars Academy, and Langtree Charter Academy. In 2018 she was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Special Education and she is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Special Education. Magdalena has a N.C. Early Educator Certification- Level 8 Lead Teacher on Early Care and Education Professional Scale and Initial License in the area of Exceptional Children: Adapted Curriculum (K-12).

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