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Maria Snitily announced as Director of Special Education

27J Schools is proud to announce the selection of Maria Snitily as the new director of special education. Snitily will assume the role on July 1, 2021 following the retirement of Mary Gomez who has served the district, in this role, for the past 14 years.

Snitily currently serves as assistant director of special education for JEFFCO Public Schools. She started her career teaching students with significant support needs at both the middle and high school level and has served the special education community for over 15 years. 

Snitily graduated from Midland University in Nebraska with an undergraduate degree in elementary education, early childhood education, and a minor in human services. Her graduate degree in special education and administrator coursework for her director of special education license were obtained through the University of Northern Colorado. 

I am thrilled to join the 27J team as director of special education. I truly believe 27J is doing the right work for students and I’m excited for the journey ahead,” said Snitily. “My personal beliefs around inclusion, student learning, and preparing students for their future align with the values and mission of 27J. I look forward to leading the work and guiding the special education department to serve schools, students, and families in 27J.”

The 27J Special Education Department strives to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to appropriate and rigorous academic, emotional and functional learning experiences and environments through specialized instruction and programming that promotes their ability to meaningfully engage in their community upon graduation.  

“We are very excited to welcome Maria, the person and the leader, and can’t wait for her to join our 27J team,” said Chief Academic Officer, Will Pierce. “Her expertise and passion will be essential in our continued work toward ensuring every student is prepared today for a future tomorrow.”