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Development of Essentialized Examples has been led by the PaTTAN in coordination with the Bureau of Special Education. The development of Essentialized Examples has occurred in phases.
  • In 2016, Phase I of development was initiated. A team of teachers comprised of special educators and content experts developed the first set of Essentialized Examples.
  • In 2017, rubrics were developed and assessed for validity to ensure quality production of Essentialized Examples.
  • During the 2017-2018 school year, Phase II was initiated. PaTTAN held three, two-day regional trainings for special educators interested in learning the essentialization process and becoming a developer of Essentialized Examples. PaTTAN would like to recognize those educators who have provided their expertise and time to develop classroom resources aligned to the PA Core Standards and alternate eligible content.


Shaniea Adams, Harrisburg SD 

Rachel Boyer, Blairsville-Saltsburg SD 

Emily Buzzard, Achievement Charter School 

Alison Cox, Westmoreland IU 17 

Melissa Davis, Commonwealth Connections Academy CS 

Megan Davis-Hiles, Franklin ASD 

Levonia Dupree, Harrisburg SD 

Tom Esposito, Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13 

Danyelle Frye, Pittsburgh Public SD 

Barbara Giavedoni, Punxsatawny SD 

Jared Gleim, Central Dauphin SD 

Sarah Gleim, Central Dauphin SD 

Jennifer Haste, Susquehanna Township SD 

Elizabeth Johnson, Chester-Upland SD 

Heather Kaboly, Westmoreland IU 7 

Denise Long, Harrisburg SD 

Sherri Markiw, Achievement Charter School 

Kathryn McDonald, Susquehanna Township SD 

Melissa McMichael, Penn Manor SD 

Mary Anne O’Connell, Overbrook School for the Blind 

Michelle Price, Harrisburg SD 

Gary Pyfer, Cumberland Valley SD 

Tiffany Schmidt, Canon-McMillan SD 

Edith Tanner, Williams Valley SD 

Karen Whitaker, Overbrook School for the Blind 

Karen Wolf, Central Dauphin SD 

Tyra Wynn, Philadelphia SD 

Mary Lynn Yancich, Trinity ASD 


Heather Morgan, Wordsworth Academy 

Paula Conrad, West Shore School District 

Megan Lieberwirth, Eastern Lancaster County School District 

Wendy Warfield-Fuchs, Bucks County Intermediate Unit 

Katie Majewski, Western PA School for Blind Children 

Lesley Herman, Neshannock Township School District 

Rachel Boyer, Blairsville-Saltsburg School District 

Michelle Smith, West Shore School District