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Welcome letter

Jillian Knapp

Dear Pine Tree Center Families,

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to you as the incoming Supervisor of Pine Tree Center (PTC). I had the great opportunity to be the Special Education Coach this past school year and assist with the opening of PTC. I have enjoyed working with all of your children this year and loved seeing the growth each student made. PTC was built to give all students the opportunity to succeed as well as enjoy school while targeting all learning styles. I truly believe PTC is a unique and special place and I look forward to continuing to build the ASD, EI, and PHASES programs.

I come to you with 14 years of experience in special education. I have worked for Lake Orion Schools since 2006. I was a School Psychologist and serviced a variety of buildings in that capacity including CERC Early Childhood, Blanche Sims Elementary, Orion Oaks Elementary, Waldon Middle School, Oakview Middle School, and Lake Orion High School. I was also a co-facilitator of the Kindergarten and First Grade Early Reading Initiative and have worked in all of Lake Orion’s elementary buildings developing early reading programs. As the Special Education Coach for the 2018-2019 school year, I worked with all of the special education programs across the entire district and have enjoyed working with so many of Lake Orion’s students. I have had the opportunity to work with Mrs. Gutman these past 14 years and we have spent time this summer ensuring a smooth transition with my role as Supervisor.

The mission of Pine Tree Center is to “Provide an exemplary education for all learners”. I truly believe that every student deserves a quality education that meets each student’s individual needs and that happens when the school and families work together. Therefore, I will be calling on all of the PTC staff, students, and families to work together to help each student reach his/her potential.

I am deeply honored to be given the opportunity to lead at PTC and look forward to working with all of you!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share. Please watch for information about a meet and greet in August for any parents or family members that would like to come in. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Best Regards,

Jillian Knapp

Pine Tree Center Supervisor