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Spotlight on Sargent Staff

We are proud to highlight the achievements of our staff.  With a commitment of best practices in medical rehabilitation and special education, our staff strives for excellence in providing care to children, adults and families.  On a regular basis, we will share our staff’s expertise in this special corner, called Spotlight on Staff. 

 Spotlight on… Bettina Zimmerman, M.Ed., Head Teacher

Bettina Zimmerman is Sargent Center’s Head Teacher. Bettina’s career began in Argentina, where she was born and raised. She attended the National University of Cordoba and received a degree in speech therapy and audiology. In Argentina, she worked in both private practice as well as in schools for children with hearing impairment and other special needs. She moved to the United States and attended Smith College in Massachusetts, earning her Masters Degree in Education for the Deaf. Bettina worked again in private practice as well as for the public schools in Pennsylvania, traveling throughout her school district teaching students with hearing and communication needs.

Bettina began her career at Sargent Center 21 years ago as a special educator for the day school program. She was promoted several years ago to Head Teacher. In her role at Sargent, Bettina helps supervise and support the day school teaching staff and provides daily classroom management. Bettina also develops curriculum for the day school, always emphasizing students’ goals, strengths and needs as well as the importance of experience-based, hands-on learning. Her scope in terms of curriculum development includes seven special education classrooms as well as two instructional teaching labs for science and reading. In addition, Bettina is the Center’s coordinator for the statewide Alternate Assessment, which is the standardized assessment tool for students with special needs. In conjunction with her role at Sargent in this capacity, Bettina also serves on the state’s Alternate Assessment Advisory Committee.

Early in her career at Sargent, Bettina was nominated by her peers and received the Center’s Special Recognition Award. Bettina was cited for playing a key role on the Center’s interdisciplinary pediatric team. Bettina’s greatest reward is “making a difference in the life of a child.” Bettina finds satisfaction in working within a professional, team-centered environment to achieve shared goals of helping children with disabilities improve and make gains for life.

Sargent Center is pleased to highlight the work and expertise of Bettina Zimmerman.