The primary role of the Preschool Intervention and Referral Team (PIRT) is to provide support and suggested interventions to teachers so that all children can succeed within the general education classroom.
The Preschool Intervention and Referral Team members have a strong background and knowledge in early childhood education, child development, the district curriculum, and the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program.
The specialists on PIRT support classroom teachers in order to provide strategies for children who are exhibiting difficulty in the classroom as indicated through the screening process or the observation of the classroom teacher and master teacher.
The team provides support including written strategies for classroom staff, modeling strategies in the classroom when appropriate, providing professional development and providing consultation to classroom staff, parents, school nurses, administrators and master teachers.
The members of the team, referred to as Preschool Intervention and Referral Specialists (PIRS) are:
Barbara Berger, is a social worker and early childhood educator. Her specialty is working with families.
Scott Ryerson is a speech language pathologist. His expertise is in the development of early communication, language, and speech.
Susan Monfet, is an inclusion specialist and early childhood educator. Her area of expertise is in child development, communication, and learning disorders.