In seeking to meet the needs of each Geneva student, the school has available the services of a learning specialist. The learning specialist does not have a contractual relationship with The Geneva School; parents must coordinate and pay for his/her services privately. In addition, the school offers optional speech and language screening once a year for students in grades pre-K–3. Geneva provides space in the school and reserves the right to set guidelines for any suggested accommodations for students with learning disabilities or special needs.
When contracted by a parent, the learning specialist will work individually or in a small group setting with learning disabled students or those with parent-identified needs, serving as a liaison for all involved: the teacher, parents, educational psychologists, and/or other specialists. Working closely with the teacher and parents, the specialist will formulate an individualized therapy for the student which falls within Geneva’s guidelines for student retention, promotion, and accommodation.
If a student requires the services of a speech and language therapist during the school day, parents should coordinate appointment times with the child’s teacher.
Emily Vargas works with the school as an independent contractor. She is a Florida native and a graduate of Florida State University with a B.A. in Visual Impairments with certification in Varying Exceptionalities. Her teaching experience includes working with students from 3–21 years of age, with varying degrees of physical, perceptual, and educational abilities. Mrs. Vargas taught for three years in Pinellas County Public Schools and for two years in Orange County Public Schools before leaving to raise her four children. She has remained active as a teacher through volunteering in various church and school activities, and by participating as a leader for her daughters’ Girl Scout troops.