Dina Battaglia is a Special Education Teacher, certified from Pre K-12. She has been teaching in Connecticut public schools for 28 years. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She is currently working on a 6th year with a focus on Dyslexia, ADHD, and differentiation of work for students within the classroom.
Dina started her career working with students with multiple disabilities, teaching them functional reading, writing and math skills. She collaborated closely with the OT ,PT and Speech Pathologist in the school to ensure her students were getting a comprehensive program that best fit their needs. She then worked in the special education preschool teaching social skills to 3-5 year olds with special needs. She worked with private preschools to provide students with special needs a full inclusion opportunity. Dina then moved to the elementary school where she currently works with children with learning disabilities, Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, language disorders and behavioral challenges. She conducts academic assessments and analyzes data to identify students' needs. She then sets up a program to meet their academic needs and close the educational gap. She works closely with classroom teachers to ensure that students have every opportunity to access the curriculum at their academic level.
Dina is currently teaching elementary aged students who are performing at different levels. She is teaching reading, writing, math and executive functioning skills as well as working with classroom teachers to make classroom modifications as needed for students..
Dina has received Orton-Gillingham multisensory training and Visualizing and Verbalizing training, she is a Certified Wilson Reading program teacher.
Dina believes that every student is an individual and each has their own unique way of learning. She knows how important it is to help her students understand their best learning style. She understands each student should also be challenged to help them grow and learn, and help them see that they are capable.