The Newton School typically has 8 children per class with two teachers. Faculty usually have masters degrees and 5 years+ experience teaching at the elementary or middle school level.
The School has professionals dedicated to our movement program who work closely with classroom teachers to ensure continuity with student’s needs.
The School has a Speech and Language Pathologist who developed the School’s social curriculum called “Social Stars”. She works with students directly twice a week in small groups and consults with teachers on the program on a regular basis to incorporate social understanding into the classroom.
The School has a part-time Occupational Therapist who helps evaluate student’s skills and assists teachers in implementing classroom supports and activities to address student’s needs.
The Newton School also has Drama, Art, Music and Yoga professionals who work with students in small groups one to two times per week.
Allison Abraham started The Newton School in 2009 as a way to assist local families whose needs were not being met by the current educational options. She currently runs all day to day operations while continuing to guide the strategy for the School. Prior to this, she was a senior executive at companies such as iVillage, Ameritech and American Express. Ms. Abraham has a BA in Economics from Tufts University and an MBA from The Darden School at The University of Virginia. Her son graduated from The Newton School.
Sonja Lopez has been employed at The Newton School since it opened in 2009. Prior to this, she was a teacher at the Shire School, providing individualized, multi-sensory education to children in a small setting. Prior to this position, she was the Supervisor for the Education Division at the American Institute of Physics in College Park, Maryland for 20 years. In this role, she was responsible for developing, launching, and implementing projects that addressed and enhanced the undergraduate physics experience. Sonja is currently a classroom teacher and leads The Newton School’s Art program.
Deborah Parks M.A., CCC-SLP has over 20 years experience with pediatric communication disorders, specializing in working with children who have executive functioning and social skills deficits. Deborah has been in private practice in Northern Virginia since 1992. Prior to this, she was employed by the Arlington County Public Schools as a Speech-Language Pathologist, working with elementary and middle school children. Deborah graduated summa cum laude from the University of California. She will be providing consulting services to The Newton School, conducting group sessions with students, and working individually with children as needed.
Allison Nayer received her BS and MS from Towson University in Maryland. She has been working in pediatric settings for the past 8 years including inpatient, outpatient, schools, aquatics and early intervention. She has had the pleasure of working for Kennedy Kreiger Institute as well as for a private Sensory Integration clinic. She has completed many continuing education courses related to sensory integration theory and practice, as well as autism spectrum disorders, handwriting, and Patricia Wilbarger’s Sensory Defensiveness class. Ms. Nayer serves as a consultant to The Newton School students, parents and faculty.