MEET THE TEACHERS

 

Dianne Pennings

Program Director, Director of Children's Services LDACNY

“Know me for my abilities, not my disability.” ~Robert M. Hensel

Dianne has a Bachelor’s Degree from Calvin College in Michigan with endorsements in the following areas: Elementary Education, all subjects (K—8), Cognitive Impairment (K—12), Learning Disabilities (K—8). While in Michigan, Dianne trained in Schools Attuned through the All Kinds of Minds Institute. Now that she has been in New York State for over 5 years, she is continuing her education to earn her Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities. With over 25 years’ experience in the field of special education, from classroom to administrative experience, Dianne is well-suited to the task of running the Children’s Services Department. In her time with LDACNY she has grown the summer programs and received her ADHD Coaching certification through JST. Dianne’s choice to work at LDACNY is almost ingrained: “Celebrating differences has always been my passion. I began my teaching career in a self-contained classroom and within that first year began visiting schools implementing inclusion programs. My experience in part includes classroom teaching, team teaching, facilitating teaming approaches, implementing a mentoring program for students with ADHD and more. I now have the opportunity to continue following my passion as I support staff, teachers and parents in meeting the needs of children.”

Brent Pennings

Lisa Bianchi

Director of Adult Services

“We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on our experience”. Jim Dewey

With over 25 years’ experience in assisting individuals with disabilities, Lisa has made her mark on the industry. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Slippery Rock University. She is a member of multiple committees and associations, including Post-Secondary Disabilities Consortium, CNY Placement Consortium and Oswego County Chamber of Commerce. Lisa completed her ADHD Coaching certification in Virginia through JST Coaching. When asked why she works for LDACNY, Lisa responded: “My passion has always been assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve their personal goals. Working at LDACNY has given me the opportunity to assist individuals in a variety of settings such as high school, college, employment and independent living. The greatest accomplishment is when we are able to create or expand services to assist more individuals.”

Chris Middlemore

Baldwinsville School District, Special Education Teacher

Chris Middlemore is a Special Education teacher at Van Buren Elementary School in Bladwinsville, where she has been teaching for the last 26 years.  She began her teaching career in Gainesville, FA 33 years ago.  She has taught students with a wide range of abilities and needs in a variety of educational settings.  She resides in Baldwinsville with her husband David.  They have two sons, two daughters, a son-in-law, and four granddaughters.  Chris loves the outdoors, camping, swimming, kayaking, and spending time with her family.

Nicole Backes