The STRIVE Program (Students Transitioning in Real World Independence and Vocational Exploration) is designed to provide students with special needs with an effective cooperative of daily living and vocational experiences/activities.
Students engage in such activities through intensive labs incorporating direct instruction, assessment, hands-on participation, and real world/community-based instructional opportunities.
The dual focus of the STRIVE Program (daily living and vocational) allows students to develop increased independence in areas critical to post-secondary success, preparing for future of active engagement within their families and community.
My name is Sophia Donaldson. I have been a special education teacher for the Gilbert district for 8 years, in both the self-contained and resource special education settings. I began my teaching career here at Highland High, and also worked at Campo Verde High School and South Valley Junior High. I was beyond excited to return to the "Hawk Nest" for the 2015-2016 school year!
I was born and raised in the Chicago-area (go Cubs!) but came out to the desert to attend Arizona State University. I earned my teaching degree with a dual emphasis in both Special Education and Elementary Education. My husband is also a special education teacher, so you could say it runs in the family. We have a beautiful daughter, Kinsley, who just turned 2 years old. She is the most precious gift we could ask for! For those of you who are wondering though, the "terrible 2's" is a real thing!
Here's to a great school year! :)