Special Ed. Teachers

 Michelle Kasouf  MS - Sp. Ed.  - Special Instruction Director
Michelle Kasouf is a New York State Certified Special Education teacher with a Master’s Degree from SUNY – Cortland. She recently complete her advanced special instruction certifications for birth through age 6 at Lemoyne. Prior to joining Sprout Therapy Group, Michelle had teaching positions in the East Syracuse and Fulton School Districts. In addition, she worked at the American Red Cross. Michelle did her undergraduate studies at SUNY – Plattsburgh where she majored in Biology. She is also a New York State Certified biology teacher. Michelle has a 3 year old daughter and lives in Liverpool.

 
Hope Goettel - MS - Sp. Ed. 
 
Carey Baker  -  MS - Sp. Ed. 
 
 Amanda Delcoro - MS - Sp. Ed. 
 
 

Kelly Rotella - MS - Sp. Ed.  

Kelly Rotella is a New York State Certified Special Education teacher with a Master’s Degree from Lemoyne College. She has special instruction certifications in Early Childhood Ed (birth through 6), Childhood (Grades 1-6), and Middle Childhood (Grades 5-9). Since 2004, Kelly has held teaching positions within the Syracuse City School District, at Westside Academy, Webster Elementary, HW Smith and Bellevue schools. Additionally, Kelly has supported homebound students within the SCSD district. She has also acted as a co-chair as CSE meetings. Kelly also did her undergraduate studies at Lemoyne where she majored in Psychology and was captain of the soccer team. She lives in Westvale.

 Kristen Baleno -MS - Sp. Ed. 

Kristen Baleno is a New York State Certified Special Education teacher with a Master’s Degree from Fitchburg (Mass.) State College with a concentration in working with children with severe special needs. Kristen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), earning this certification in 2007 from UMass – Boston. She earned her undergraduate degree from Oswego State with a double major in Linguistics and Human Development. Prior to joining Sprout, Kristen spent the previous 6 years as a Preschool Special Education teacher at the SPICE program in Syracuse where she was involved in all aspects of special ed., including teaching, evaluations, training and supervising aides,   Before returning to Central New York, Kristen four years as an Intensive Special Needs Teacher in the Quincy (Mass.) School District.

 

 

 Melissa Desmond - MS - Sp. Ed. 

Melissa Desmond is a New York State Certified Special Education teacher with a Master’s Degree from University at Albany with a concentration in Special Education and Literacy.  She earned her undergraduate degree from SUNY Potsdam with a major in Sociology. She has New York State teaching certifications in teaching students with disabilities as well as a Birth to Grade 6 certification as a Literary Specialist. Prior to joining Sprout, Melissa spent 10 years as a preschool to grade 8 Special Education teacher at the BOCES program in Rensselaer where she was involved in all aspects of special ed., including teaching, evaluations, training and supervising aides.  Additionally, she served as on BOCES’s mentor committee. Melissa also spent three years as a literacy teacher in the Albany City and Niskayuna School Districts.