Our Classrooms in Caroline County
Predicated on strong collaboration and communication between school district and our staff, our district programs are designed to provide support and services for students to increase both their scholastic and their social functioning. The students are served in highly structured, therapeutic classroom settings inside public schools. The academic, social-emotional, and behavioral needs of each student are met through such means as a low staff-to-student ratio, individualized and small-group teaching approaches, counseling services, and a comprehensive behavior management system. Our staff works in unison with district special education and general education teachers to ensure that our students receive the maximum benefit from both district resources and those of our program.
303 Sharp Road
Denton, Maryland 21629
410 Lockerman Street
Denton MD 21269
10855 Central Avenue
Ridgely, MD 21660
10855 Central Avenue
Ridgely, MD 21660
Every March, High Road School teams with Rec & Parks in Caroline County to support the Denton 5K Race. Many High Road staff members (and their families) show their support for this race by running and/or working the water stand for the runners. This is an event that many look forward to each year.Meet The Team
Our Staff: The High Road School classroom at Denton Elementary has an experienced certified Special Education teacher as well as two veteran teaching assistants. Each staff member is trained in crisis intervention. Staff recertifies in TACT2 training each year. As well as qualified teaching staff, the High Road School program has a Social Worker as part of their team. For students requiring Speech/Language Therapy or Occupational Therapy, services are provided through our partnership with Caroline County.
Our program is unique in providing a therapeutic environment with a structured behavior management system and a high teacher to student ratio, while still allowing students to experience and integrate themselves into the general education settings.Meet The Team
Our Staff: Certified special education teachers, staff trained in TACT-2 protocol, company social worker and county therapist and psychiatrist
Our Staff: A certified Special Education teacher, 4 instructional assistants, and a High Road School social worker in room or on call for crisis. All High Road staff members are TACT2 trained annually. There is also county staff available for support.
Program Overview: The Caroline Innovative Pathways (CIP) is an IAEP (Interim Alternative Education Placement) program for students in Caroline County with behavioral issues who require additional supports in order to be successful. Teachers and related service providers in this program mirror a student’s home school by administering the same educational and social-emotional interventions, but they do so in a more therapeutic and highly structured environment.
At CIP, the behavioral/counseling component is the primary focus and is based on an individual and school-wide behavior management system with built-in incentives and rewards for positive behavior. By offering a small classroom environment with a high teacher-to-student ratio, this program allows students the ability to quickly transition back to their home school. Future progress and success are ensured through a transitional track once the students return to the public school setting.Meet The Team
Our Staff: Certified Special Education teachers and Counseling by a licensed Social Worker are provided by High Road School. Speech and Occupational Therapy are provided by CCCPS.
Meet The Team
Lead Teacher: Jill Fitzpatrick
This is Jill’s ninth year as lead teacher at the High Road Program at Denton Elementary. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Salisbury University and her Master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. In her spare time, Ms. Jill enjoys watching sports, going to the beach with family, and cooking.
Teaching Assistant: Amanda Benchoff
This is Ms. Amanda’s seventh year with the High Road Program. Prior to coming to High Road, she worked with autistic and non-verbal students, as well as students with special needs. Ms. Amanda brings over 13 years of experience with her. She finds it very rewarding to work with kids and playing a part in their success in our program. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, and going to different car shows in the area.
Teaching Assistant: Chelsea Ghigliotty
Ms. Chelsea is happy to have joined the High Road team for her third year. Teaching has always been Ms. Chelsea’s passion and in her short time with High Road, she has been able to build upon previous experience. She is currently attending Wilmington University pursuing her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. In her free time, Ms. Chelsea enjoys spending time with family, friends, watching movies, and doing any outdoors activities.
School Social Worker: Ileana Hoffman, LMSW
Ms. Ileana attended Salisbury University where she received her Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Ileana has built substantial rapport with students and staff at Denton Elementary, Lockerman Middle, and North Caroline High Schools and is excited to add the Caroline Innovative Pathways program to the list! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, spring and summer outdoor activities, watching TV shows, and enjoying time with her three furry pups.
Meet The Team
Mr. Joey- Lead Teacher
I graduated from James Madison University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. TI then attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for a graduate program in psychological research. While in Illinois, I become a Registered Behavior Technician in a clinic for children with autism. As an RBT I was able to help children learn behavioral and life skills. All these experiences led me to High Road and to becoming a member of an amazing team at Lockerman Middle.
Ms. (Z) Zenia- Assistant Teacher
I’ve been with the program for 4 years and absolutely love working with this age group! I started my journey working with children with special needs in 2012. I’ve worked on my Bachelor’s in Applied Behavioral Science and became a Registered Behavior Technician. Having that background has been extremely helpful to build our student’s confidence who are facing academic and social challenges. My time here at High Road has shaped me into a better leader and support for the children that come through our program. It has been a joy watching our students learn and grow through personalized interventions and I can’t wait to see what the rest of this adventure has in store for us moving for ward!
Mr. Jeff- Assistant Teacher
I’ve been with the company for 5 years. I graduated from Cecil College in 2018 with my associates in Elementary Education, and I am currently working towards my bachelor’s at Willington University. During my time with High Road, I have had the chance to grow both as an educator and individual. I love coming into work every day with the opportunity to mold the minds of our students and watching them experience success they did not think was possible. I consider myself extremely lucky to work in such a rewarding profession, with such an amazing team!
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Mr. Patrick – Lead Teacher
Mr. Patrick finds excitement in learning philosophy, sociology, psychology, and most of all Football. He is looking forward to a fantastical year of a wonderful adventure with staff and students alike because he strongly believes we will all find victory this year. Small or big, Victories nonetheless
Ms. Ashley – Assistant Teacher
Ms. Ashley is an Assistant Teacher and has been on the High Road team at NCHS for 5 years. Over this time, she has built an outstanding rapport with the students and county staff. She plans to be a Teacher with High Road sometime in the future. Ms. Ashley likes to spend time with family and friends and take spontaneous trips to the beach. Binge-watching Netflix and eating pizza are her guilty pleasures and you can often see her walking around motivating students and staff in song.
Mr. Michael – Assistant Teacher
Mr. Michael has been with High Road for 4 years. He has built great rapport with students over the years. He enjoys going on walks and playing basketball with them. Mr. Michael is currently in school for his bachelor’s degree in elementary education. When he’s not working, he likes to hit the gym and go to the beach. Spending time with family and friends is also a plus.
Ms.Maia – Assistant Teacher
Ms.Maia has been with High Road for two years. Ms. Maia plans to one day be a social worker with the High Road team. She is currently attending Wilmington University, majoring in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and being a non-official team member of the Criminal Minds BAU.
Ileana Hoffman, LMSW – School Social Worker
Ileana attended Salisbury University and received her Master’s degree in Social work in 2016. Ileana joined High Road in 2016 and over the years has built substantial rapport with students and staff at each all of the Caroline programs. In her spare time, Ileana enjoys spending time with her family and friends, spring and summer outdoor activities, watching TV shows, and enjoying time with her three furry pups.
Crystal Anders – Teacher
Crystal Anders is the High Road Special Education teacher at North Caroline High School. During her free time she enjoys hanging with her family, gardening, cooking, and going to Renaissance Fairs. Crystal has an Associates degree in Communication, a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Crystal is currently working on her second Masters degree in Special Education.
Meet The Team
My is Bridget Wilgus. I am the lead teacher for the Caroline County Innovative Pathways Program. This is my second year working with SESI Inc. and fourth year teaching overall. I attended Salisbury University and graduated with my bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in English for Speakers of Other Languages. My main goal as a teacher is to advocate for my students, while also teaching them to advocate for themselves. I hope to grow as an educator with SESI Inc. and someday achieve my doctorate degree in education. I enjoy going to the beach and taking road trips.
My name is Lindsay Walls, I started working for this company in August 2020. I’ve been working in the education field since 2018, I’m currently taking classes at Chesapeake College I should be earning my Associate’s degree in the next couple of semesters. My future goals are to become a 1st or 3rd-grade teacher. In my free time, I like to make things with my Cricut machine and travel. I enjoy the summer and going to the beach!
My name is Brittney Taylor, I am an assistant teacher in the Pathways program in Caroline county. I graduated from Wor-Wic Community college with associate degrees in Criminal Justice, Forensics, and General studies. I aspire to enroll to start taking classes for my bachelor’s degree. I like to draw, be in nature, and spend time with my furry friends.
Social worker Ileana attended Salisbury University where she received her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2016. Over the years, Ileana has built a substantial rapport with students and staff at Denton Elementary, Lockerman Middle, and North Caroline High Schools and is excited to add the Caroline Innovative Pathways program to the list! In her spare time, Ileana enjoys spending time with her family and friends, spring and summer outdoor activities, watching TV shows, and enjoying time with her three furry pups
This is Mr. Darius’s second year with the program. Prior to coming to High Road, he worked as a preschool teacher for 3 years and a youth sports coach for 5 years. He finds helping young people problem solve and witnessing personal their growth to be the most rewarding aspect of the work he does. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, exercising, and watching new TV shows and movies.
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