Support Services

Support Services is an active part of each division at CCDS. The Support Services support team consists of instructional specialists, speech/language pathologists, and school psychologists. The team works with teachers, students, parents, administrators, and admissions to ensure that academic needs can be effectively met at each stage of development.

When a child struggles or does not seem to be making anticipated progress, the faculty, parents, and support team work together to draw on strengths, identify weaknesses, and utilize strategies that allow each student to make progress and experience success. Intervention and support levels vary by division, as developmentally appropriate.

SUPPORT Services Team

  • meets weekly to discuss students who seem to be having difficulties with academics
  • works with classroom teachers and parents to establish differentiated teaching/learning strategies
  • works with students during classroom instruction to facilitate strategies
  • provides assistive technology training and support for qualified students
  • determines eligibility for academic accommodations at school
  • maintains files of disability-related documents and provides summaries of them for teachers and advisors in accordance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • develops plans for the provision of such accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • helps families to obtain accommodations on standardized tests such as the SAT in accordance with Educational Testing Service guidelines
  • provides opportunities for faculty education concerning learning differences

More Information

For more information on specialized learning and psychological services at CCDS, please contact the individuals below according to school division:

Lower School
(Early Childhood – Grade 4)

Katie Albanese, Speech Therapist
(513) 979-0374

Teresa Hess,
Pre-Primary Speech & Lang Pathologist
(513)979-0380

Dr. Nikki Bishop-Kallmeyer
School Psychologist
(513) 979-0373
bishopkan@countryday.net

Lower and Middle School
(Early Childhood – Grade 8)

Christine Scheadler, Learning Specialist
(513) 979-0360

Middle School
(Grades 5 - 12)

Julia R. Joyce, Learning Specialist
(513) 979-0249

Alexis Blaxberg Nordrum,
School Psychologist
(513) 979-0389
nordruma@countryday.net

Upper School
(Grades 9-12)
Dr. Kathy Scheidler, School Psychologist
(513) 979-0304
scheidlek@countryday.net

Carrie Whelan, Intervention Specialist
(513) 979-0357
whelanc@countryday.net

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