St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services welcomed Dianna Wentzell, commissioner of education, to The Feroleto Children’s Development Center in Trumbull last week.

Dr. Wentzell was joined by Ellen Cohn, deputy commissioner, and Isabelina Rodriguez, bureau chief to the school.

This was their first visit to the Feroleto Center.

Upon arrival, they were greeted by a welcoming party comprised of President/CEO Raymond Baldwin, Principal Gerilyn Durnin, Assistant Principal Karen King, and Chief Operating Officer Harry Schaeffer. This was followed by a tour of the program which included the opportunity to observe a child receive aquatic therapy in the center’s new therapeutic pool.

Dr. Wentzell has been an educator in Connecticut for over 25 years and was appointed Commissioner of Education by Governor Malloy in April 2015. Before her appointment, she served as the State Department of Education’s chief academic officer, served as assistant superintendent of schools in Hartford, and held in-district leadership positions in both South Windsor and the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) magnet schools.

As Dr. Wentzell visited classrooms at the Feroleto Center, she was impressed with the teachers and assistants and their ability to create individualized programs for each of the school’s 85 students.

“The joy I felt upon entering is truly inspiring,” she said.

She went on to comment that “the number of smiles I witnessed on your students faces is a testament to your staff and management.”

These heartfelt words of validation align perfectly with the guiding principal at St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services to “make every day a good day for the people served.”

St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services is a trusted provider of lifelong education and therapeutic services.

A special education school, based in Trumbull is an alternative placement option for children, ages 3-21, with developmental disabilities, special health care needs and students with autism spectrum disorders.

Physical, occupational, speech/language and aquatic therapy are all offered as part of each student’s individualized education plan.

Daytime recreational programs, supported employment and work services programs for adults with disabilities are offered from two locations in Stratford and Norwalk. Parent education, transition support services and residential placements are also available.