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Solterra Academy

Hear from Megan Konikowski about the peers and administrators who make a stressful environment a place for work-family.

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Meet Megan Konikowski

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Solterra Academy is a private special education facility, formally known as CCMC School. This is a placement for kids who have behaviors and needs that can't be met and addressed in a public school setting. These kids come to us with experiences and emotions that have impacted their ability to learn and thrive in all areas of their life. It’s a challenging job, but one that I love. The people I work with are amazing. The level of support from my peers and administrators makes this stressful environment a place where I want to be. Everyone looks out for one another. We’re a family.


  • 9th-12th Grade Special Education Teacher


  • Springfield College


  • 2005 Apple Award CAPSEF (Connecticut Association of Private Special Education Facilities)

Teacher Certification Program

Why I Teach

Everyday my job is different. There is always something new to learn or experience with my students. They constantly do things that surprise me, whether it be a question they ask or a skill they’re able to grasp. Sometimes it’s hard and it’s often exhausting, but these difficult times are far outweighed by the times the students shine. I get to laugh everyday with them. I get to learn with them; they often teach me in ways I can’t imagine. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Solterra Academy by the numbers

  • 35

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 150

    Engaged Learners

  • 49,000

    New Teacher Starting Salary

About Solterra Academy

  • About

    Solterra Academy, an approved special education facility by the state of Connecticut, provides comprehensive special education for students aged five to 21 who require intensive intervention due to severe emotional, behavioral, cognitive, developmental and/or learning challenges. The school is designed to provide a high level of structure and support, as well as an integrated array of services to address each child’s unique profile.
    At Solterra Academy, family involvement and support is a priority. Counseling, parent education and 24-hour crisis intervention services are provided.
    Our many services and resources include, but are not limited to:

    • Individualized clinical services for each student.
    • Individualized resource instruction in reading.
    • Diagnostic educational evaluation.
    • Intellectual/cognitive testing.
    • Speech/language evaluation and therapy.
    • Occupational/physical therapy evaluation and treatment.
    • Vocational education, including community job shadowing.
    • Individual transition planning.
    • Integrated use of technology within the curriculum, including SMART Boards and Apple iPads.
    • School consultation and community training.
    • Music and art programs.
    • Extra-curricular activities and family events.

    The goal of Solterra Academy is to foster independence in all aspects of student development so they may be successfully transitioned back to their home school district. We believe that children can realize their potential, given an environment that is supportive, developmentally appropriate and geared to specific individual needs.

    We are dedicated to the development of a sense of cooperation, self-motivation, adjustment and academic accomplishment for each child.

  • For Teachers

    Solterra Academy is an affiliate of the Family Treatment Network and is an approved special education facility by the Connecticut State Department of Education. 

    Solterra Academy is looking for enthusiastic educators with expertise in special education, experience working with students with social, behavioral and emotional disabilities, and who want to make a difference in the lives of children.

    Our environment provides extensive support for teachers, including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language services and crisis intervention services, as well as a strong administrative team. 

    Our staff find it both a challenging and positive experience. We are a team who supports each other through the challenges!

  • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

    Solterra Academy offers competitive salaries and benefit packages.

  • For Students

    Our high school students participate in an extensive vocational educational program that offers opportunities to explore a variety of careers. Many of them assist with teaching in our physical educational classes or our younger elementary classrooms.

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