Dear Friends and Families,

It is my honor to welcome you to the Halton School. You will find the Halton School is a special place that makes you feel right at home. Our mission is to provide students with Autism, Asperger’s, and other learning differences with an individualized holistic education that inspires each child to achieve their highest potential.

The Halton School provides a warm, nurturing environment specifically
tailored to the unique learning and communication styles of our students.
Students at Halton feel safe and accepted because they are supported by a
community of educators who see the value in each child. Our small classes are designed to meet the individual needs of each student. Utilizing research-based curriculum and methodology, our highly qualified teachers provide rigorous academic instruction in a setting that encourages curiosity, creativity and personal growth.

Our community of expert educators are also passionate about the social and emotional success of all of the students at Halton. They are strong advocates; encouraging students to pursue their interests, while giving them the tools they need to achieve success.

It has been our experience that most parents and teachers are painfully aware when a student is not thriving in an academic setting. I am very interested in sharing with you how the Halton School can support your child. I look forward to hearing from you.

Warmest Regards,

Heidi Bertino-Daum
Head of School

  • Heidi Bertino-Daum
    Heidi Bertino-Daum Head of School

    Heidi comes to The Halton School most recently from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where she served as a Program Specialist for Autism. She’s also worked as an Exceptional Children Specialist for Iredell Statesville Schools and was an Adjunct Instructor at Lewis University and Northern Illinois University. She holds MEd and B.S. degrees in Special Education and a B.A degree in Anthropology, all from Penn State University.

  • Julie Person
    Julie Person Teacher

    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 Sztabowski Teacher

    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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