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Intensive Education Academy

Hear from Stefanie Melanson about making special education students feel confident and strong at IEA.

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Meet Stefanie Melanson

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IEA is a non public state-approved special education facility that is unlike any other in the state. We have the ability to make special education students feel confident and strong, while helping them gain the skills they have missed along the way. Our students thrive in our small, structured, loving environment.


  • 5-9th grade Special Education Teacher



    Teacher Certification Program

    Why I Teach

    I am inspired by my students' desires to learn and better themselves. I go to work every day to be a positive part of their lives and watch them develop and grow.

    Intensive Education Academy by the numbers

    • 21

      Dedicated Teachers

    About Intensive Education Academy

    • About

      IEA's mission is to help each student reach their full potential through a nurturing and individualized learning environment.

      IEA provides programs for students diagnosed with Autism, Developmental Delay, Dyslexia, Mild Emotional Disturbance, Intellectual Disability, Specific Learning Disability, Visual or Hearing Impairment, Orthopedic Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Disabilities and/or OHI-ADD/ADHD.

      Students are encouraged as unique individuals to accept and value themselves in an academic environment that will motivate, challenge and satisfy each student. Through assessment and development of individualized education programs, students are encouraged to develop their inherent potential in order to prepare for their future. IEA stimulates enthusiasm for learning in a supportive and positive atmosphere.

    • For Teachers

      Core Academic Program
      Reading: IEA helps to develop five major skill areas: Decoding, Vocabulary, Comprehension, Life and Study Skills. We also develop listening and speaking skills.

      Teachers work closely with the speech and language pathologist to develop receptive and expressive language skills orally and through written language activities. Language skills are taught through direct instruction. However, they are also practiced throughout the day as the opportunity arises in context. Many opportunities for language development are given through the exploration of literature and the opportunity to react to presented ideas. Language is explored throughout the disciplines, and these skills are integrated into all lessons throughout the day.

      Our goal is to help students understand math and to ensure that they acquire the skills they need to make it a useful part of their lives.

      Science/Social Studies
      These subjects are taught daily and integrated across the curriculum. Students engage in experiments and multi-sensory experiences that enable them to problem solve and explore a concept in order to link the concept to personal experiences. These methods increase opportunities for learning and ensure that students are able to retain learned concepts.

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