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 2022. 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 in 2020 she received 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).

  • Elizabeth Lally
    Elizabeth Lally Teacher

    Elizabeth graduated with a B.A. in History and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. Elizabeth previously worked as a sixth and seventh grade social studies teacher at a small private school in Virginia. There, she headed the middle school’s social studies department. Elizabeth then moved to Loudoun County Public schools where she was a general classroom teacher for kindergarten, second and fifth grades. She became certified to teach English Language Learners and helped implement a full day kindergarten program for entering students. She also worked closely with administration and assessed LEP students K-8 for ESOL program eligibility for the county and monitored progress to evaluate program efficacy. When Elizabeth moved to North Carolina, she accepted a position in a self-contained EC classroom at Langtree Charter. Elizabeth has completed numerous professional development programs such as SIOP, Wilson Language Training, Making Math Accessible, and Pathways to Learning.

  • Kay Johnson
    Kay Johnson Teacher

    Kay received her BS in Special Education at Appalachian State University and her M.Ed. in Special Education specializing in Early Childhood Education at Winthrop University. Kay comes to the Halton School after recently retiring in June of 2020. She has over 30 years of teaching and administration experience in a variety of settings focusing on students with learning differences. Kay is the guardian of her sister who has an intellectual disability and is passionate about teaching and advocating for people with disabilities. “I was raised in a family that has always advocated for people with disabilities. There were not many services for students with disabilities when my sister was born. There have been many changes in her lifetime and mine. I continue to work in this field to help children and their families in thearea of education.”

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