WISD special education department boasts state-of-the-art tech, welcomes new director
With a 25 percent enrollment increase of life skills students over the past three years, a more spacious and advanced learning environment was essential for the special needs community at the new Waxahachie High School.
An entire line of classrooms, labs and private restrooms now comprise the special education department at Waxahachie High. Diane Chapell, who retired this year after serving the last three as the special education director, relayed at the old campus there was one giant room to suit the needs of the special education students.
However, the new space is equipped with a sensory room, a life skills lab and three additional classrooms. With the new area comes a new director as well, Audrey Thomas. Both the retiring and newly hired directors walked through the new department and emphasized how the state-of-the-art technology will advance the learning environment.
“We are always wanting to build activities and teach them what’s going to make them more independent when they leave the high school,” Thomas emphasized.