Special Education Improvement Specialists

Special Education School Improvement Specialists (SESIS) work to build the capacity of school districts with specific low performing buildings and other schools designated by NYSED to improve instructional practices primarily in the areas of literacy, behavioral supports and special education for students with disabilities SESIS are available to support schools in the LAP and QIP process.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Please reference our calendar below for upcoming trainings provided by our specialists. All event information, including how to register, is included in the event details. We look forward to working with you!

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Barbara Walls
Barbara Walls
Barbara Walls has been working in education for 15 years. She taught for 7 years as a special education middle school teacher for the Albany City School District, 2 years for the New York City Department of Education as a high school special education teacher in the South Bronx, and as a special education teacher for intense management needs elementary and middle school students at Madison-Oneida BOCES. She studied Elementary Education at SUNY Oneonta, Special Education at SUNY Albany, and School Building Leadership at Lehman College in the Bronx. Barbara strives to help special educators to meet the needs of their diverse students.

Christine Angotti
Christine Angotti has been a SESIS with the Central Region RSE-TASC since February 2017 through the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES. Prior to being a SESIS she worked as an Instructional Coach for grades Pre-K through 12 grade through Herkimer BOCES for 8 years. Her background in education began with a Bachelors degree from SUNY Buffalo followed by a Master’s degree from SUNY Cortland. Christine began her education career in 1990 with 19 years of classroom experience.
Todd Galarneau
Todd Galarneau
Todd Galarneau has been a SESIS with the RSE-TASC since January 2017 located at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. Before becoming a SESIS, Todd was the CDOS Curriculum Specialist for Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. Todd's background in education began in 2007, when he accepted a 4th grade teaching position in the South Lewis Central School District. In 2010, Todd transferred to teach 6th grade English and social studies also in the South Lewis District. Todd attended Niagara University for his M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership. and is certified as a School District and Building Leader. Todd's first Master's Degree is from SUNY Potsdam, where he was certified by New York as a Literacy Specialist B-6 and 5-12. Todd began his higher educational studies at SUNY Potsdam, majoring in Childhood Education and English. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree, Todd was certified in B-2 and 1-6.

Kevin Seymour
Kevin Seymour has been a SESIS with the RSE-TASC since July 2018 located at the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. He has been in the education field since 2013, which began at the Alternative Center for Educational Services where he worked as a Special Education Teacher and a United States History Teacher. In 2014, he transitioned to LaFargeville Central School where he worked as secondary Special Education Teacher. He graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History and Middle/Secondary Social Studies Education, and was certified as a Social Studies Teacher. In 2013 Kevin obtained his Master’s Degree from SUNY Potsdam where he majored in Special Education, and was certified as a Special Education Teacher.