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Norwalk School System Hires Chief Of Specialized Learning

Norwalk Public Schools has appointed Lynn C. Toper, Ed.D as Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services.
Norwalk Public Schools has appointed Lynn C. Toper, Ed.D as Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services. Photo Credit: Norwalk Public Schools on Facebook

NORWALK, Conn. -- A Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services for Norwalk Public Schools has been appointed, according to an announcement.

The appointment of Lynn C. Toper, Ed.D was confirmed May 17 by the Norwalk Board of Education.

Since 2011, Toper has been principal of CREC Discovery Academy, a PreK-5 STEM magnet elementary school in the greater Hartford area.

In her new role, Toper serves as the school’s instructional leader in all areas, including special education and 504 compliance, class management, evaluation, cultural competence, technology integration, and data collection.

Her work includes recruiting and hiring teachers and staff, collaborating on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, overseeing the school's operating budget, and promoting a “parents as partners” school climate, the release said.

Prior to joining Discovery Academy, Toper was executive principal of Jumoke Academy Charter Schools in Hartford, from 2008 to 2011.

From 2006-2008, she was a Special Education Consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education, where she served as a mediator for conflict resolution, as lead consultant for students with disabilities on the Least Restrictive Environment Initiative, and with other consultants to revise the CSDE’s Guidelines for Identification of Students with a Learning Disability.

Her prior experience includes roles as director of special education and assistant principal of Andover Elementary School in Connecticut, and as a special education teacher in West Hartford and Suffield schools.

Toper earned her doctorate in education leadership and her sixth year certificate from the University of Hartford. She holds a master of arts degree in special education from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, and a bachelor of science from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

She is certified as a State of Connecticut intermediate administrator (092) and as a pre-K to 12 special education teacher.

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