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St. Joseph Intervention/Special Education Program


Here at St. Joseph we are fortunate to have an eclectic group of professionals who are working together as a team to address several student’s needs within and out of the classroom. Our intervention team works together to meet many different needs including K-8 intervention, Special Education through IEPs, and Service Plans.  The intervention team includes 3 Intervention Specialists, 1 retired classroom teacher, 6 aides, and 1 Speech and Language Therapist. Each member of the team works with classroom teachers, parents, and each other to continue developing materials and the necessary instruction for each of them to be individually successful.


Our lead Intervention Specialist, Sarah Graf, has been with St. Joseph for 15 years. She taught 1st grade for 5 years and is now serving our students through intervention grades K-8. She provides service to students on a Service Plan (students who are receiving specially designed instruction) as well as students who qualify for the RTI (Response to Intervention) program. She provides a great deal of instruction to increase reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension growth through the Reading A to Z program as well as Orton Gillingham/Phonics Dance instruction in grades 1 and 2.


Intervention Specialist, Rhonda Shepherd, has been with St. Joseph for 12 years. She works with students IEPs. She has great success in building relationships with students and helping them find success in all areas of their lives academically and outside of the classroom. Mrs. Shepherd takes the time to create individual materials that involve hands on real life experiences for each of the students she works with.

Jon Peterson Scholarship 
Any student who has a valid IEP issued by a local public school district is eligible to apply for a Jon Peterson scholarship. These scholarships cover the full cost of tuition and provide additional funding for intervention services.  We currently have an outstanding intervention staff that includes 3 full-time certified intervention specialists, 1 part-time certified Speech and Language Therapist, and 2 part-time teacher tutors/aides to meet the needs of these students.

Information on the Jon Peterson scholarship can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website ( or please feel free to contact the school office.