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Welcome to the Special Education Department!

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Department Chair: Ms. T. Scott

IEP Chair: Dr. Andrea Torres-Blue

Message From the Department

Our department has a dedicated staff of teachers, case managers, para educators, aides, and an office assistant to help you and your child become successful academically and socially. Please email Ms. Scott, the Chairperson of Special Education, if you have any concerns regarding your child’s services or progress. You may also reach any of the department’s teachers through email.


These Special Education Teachers are listed on their Academic Department Pages!
 
Click to navigate to their pages!

English

  • Matt Janansky
  • Abraham Jones

Math

  • Lauren Towson
  • Michael Carter

Science

  • David Fuller

Social Studies

  • Steve Williams


Meet our Department Members Below!

Scott

Name

Tyrah Scott

Email

Tscott5@bcps.org

Position

Department Chair of

Special Education

College(s) Attended

Morgan State University

Notre Dame of Maryland Univ.

Hometown

Baltimore, Maryland

Bio: My name is Ms. Tyrah Scott. I am the Department Chair of Special Education. I’ve been at Woodlawn since 2012.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling, watching documentaries, and gardening.


 

Name

Dr. Andrea Torres-Blue

Email

ablue@bcps.org

Position

IEP Chair

College(s) Attended

Coppin State University (BS)

Goucher College (MAT)

Towson University (MS)

Northcentral University (EdD)

Hometown

Sacramento, CA

Bio: My name is Dr. Andrea Torres-Blue I am returning to Woodlawn High School for a total of 4 years. I am an experienced special education teacher, elementary teacher, and case manager with online teaching experience in a K-12 academic setting. I am a Wife, Mother, Delta, Mentor, and above all Educator.


(Coming Soon)

Name

Carmen Allocca

Email

callocca@bcps.org

Classes Taught/

Position

Period 1 – Substitute

Period 2 – English 9

Period 3 – English 10

Period 4 – Sets & Functions

College(s) Attended

Towson University -

Art Education Major

Hometown

Baltimore, MD

Bio: Hello fellow Warriors.  My name is Miss Allocca.  I am a WHS graduate.  I returned to WHS in 2009, as a paraeducator, in Special Education.  Before returning to WHS, I was on Dance Faculty at Baltimore School for the Arts.  I enjoy travelling and relaxing with family and friends. 



Castaneda

Name

Ruzzel Enriquez Castañeda

Email

rcastaneda@bcps.org

Classes Taught/

Position

IEP Case Manager/

American Government

College(s) Attended

University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland (LL.M.)

 

Saint Louis University School of Teacher Education & Liberal Arts/ School of Law, Philippines (B.A. in Political Science, M.A. in Special Education and J.D.)

Hometown

Pasadena, Maryland

Bio: My name is Ruzzel E. Castañeda and I am in the Special Education Department. This is my first year at Woodlawn High and I am excited to be on board.

I am fond of traveling abroad with my adorable wife to see nature’s beauty and bounty and to learn about historical places. When I am at home, I watch documentaries and play with my smart border collie.



Hendrickson

Name

Melody Hendrickson

Email

mhendricksonl@bcps.org

Classes Taught

FALS English

FALS Social Studies

FALS Career Research & Dev

College(s) Attended

Seton Hall Univ./Ashford Univ.

Hometown

Morristown, New Jersey

Bio: My name is Ms. Hendrickson and I am a teacher in the FALS program under the special education department. I have been a Woodlawn Warrior for 20 years! I am also the co-advisor for the Class of 2023.

Some of my favorite things to do is bake and try new recipes. I also like to read and being outdoors.



Hubbard

Name

Michelle Hubbard

Email

mhubbard@bcps.org 

Position

Dedicated Case Manager (SPED)

College(s) Attended

Randolph-Macon College - English (BA)

University of Phoenix – Curriculum and Instruction: ELA (MA)

George Washington University – Special Education and Transition Services (MA)

Liberty University (currently) – Curriculum and Instruction: Special Education (EdD)

Hometown

Baltimore, Maryland

Bio: Hello, my name is Michelle Hubbard. I am a returning teacher to Woodlawn High School for my second year in the Special Education/English department. I have been in the field of education for over 14 years and it is a pleasure to work with the dedicated professionals and students of Woodlawn High School.  

Encouraged to Include: I enjoy reading, visiting museums, going to be the beach and relaxing with my husband and three sons.



Jacobs

Name

D’Andrea Jacobs

Email

Djacobs3@bcps.org

Position

School Psychologist

College(s) Attended

UCLA (BA)

Michigan State

University (MA, PhD)

Loyola University, Maryland (MA)

Hometown

Carson, CA

Bio: Must Include: My name is Dr. Jacobs and I am a School Psychologist at Woodlawn High School. This is my 7th year at Woodlawn High School, and I’m excited for another year! I work with teachers, students, and families to support academic and emotional well-being. In my spare time, I like to dance, cook new dishes, and go bike riding.


Mensah

Name

Towanda Mensah

Email

tmensah@bcps.org

Position

Paraeducator

College(s) Attended

Coppin State University

Hometown

Baltimore, Maryland

Bio: My name is Ms. Towanda Mensah and I am in the Special Education Department. This is my first year at WHS.  I am grateful to be apart of the WHS Team.

I enjoy being in nature and spending time with my family. I recently started working with clay, making all sorts of things.  It is very therapeutic!



 Mwai

 

Name

Lucy Mwai

Email

lmwai@bcps.org

Position

Special Educator- FALs Program

College(s) Attended

Coppin State University (BS)

Towson University (M. Ed)

Hometown

Baltimore, Maryland

Bio: My name is Ms. Lucy Mwai and I am a certified teacher in the Special Education Department, FALs Program. This is my 6th year at the great Woodlawn High School.

I love traveling, cooking, reading and learning new cultures. I love the ocean but am terrified of snorkeling.



Segal

Name

Lindsay Segal

Email

lsegal@bcps.org

Classes Taught/

Position

SPED Teacher: (SCLS)

1st Period: CRD (Co-Teacher)

2nd Period: Resource Class

3rd Period: English 9 (Co-Teacher)

College(s) Attended

West Virginia University (BS)

Notre Dame of Maryland (MS)

Hometown

Charlottesville, VA

Bio: My name is Mrs. Segal and I am in the special education department. I’ve been a teacher for over 10 years, but this is my 2nd year teaching at WHS!

My family and I live in Catonsville, MD however, I’ve traveled a lot and have lived in 9 different states across the US and in two different countries! I enjoy all forms of music, watching movies and TV, reading, playing with my daughter and taking my dog for walks. My favorite part of teaching is getting to know you, the students!



Sivels

Name

Marcus Sivels

Email

msivels@bcps.org

Classes Taught/

Position

Special Educator

SCLS Program

College(s) Attended

Delaware State University (BS)

Grand Canyon University (MS)

Hometown

Randallstown, MD

My name is Marcus Sivels and I am a special educator at WHS. This will be my second year at WHS with many more to go. I am a proud BCPS alum, receiving my diploma from Milford Mill Academy in 2003. My loves are family, music, good food, and watching students reach their goals. One fun fact about me is I helped deliver my daughter into this world in 2017 in a secluded parking lot. 



Strom

Name

Bryan Strom

Email

bstrom@bcps.org

Classes Taught

Economic Theory and Personal Finance

Living Systems

And I help in Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

College(s) Attended

Bachelors of Science from Towson State University

Masters of Arts from Towson University

Hometown

Mason, Michigan

Bio: My name is Mr. Strom and I teach special education at Woodlawn High School.  This is my 20th plus year in education.

Hobbies: Gaming, skiing, camping.

Interesting Facts: One of my ancestors served on Blackbeard’s ship as the Quartermaster.  I’m also distantly related to some very important English nobility.  I also know how to drive a manual transmission car.


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