Special Education

Dauphin County Technical School provides a range of services to meet the diverse needs of students eligible for special education. Certified special education teachers and paraprofessionals support identified students in the following areas: learning support, emotional support, hearing impaired support, speech and language support, social work services, and other services deemed necessary by the IEP team. Students with special needs participate fully in the activities and programs of the school. Support services, accommodations and adaptations necessary for each special student to be successful are specified in an Individual Education Program (IEP) developed annually.

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Miss Jan ZeagerSpecial Education Director


If your child has a disability, here’s how we can help…

The Special Education Department at Dauphin County Technical School offers varying levels of support to students with disabilities, depending on the areas of need. Our highly qualified special education teaching staff delivers instruction in the classroom in both the Inclusion and Direct Instruction models. Our paraeducators work in the career and technical programs offering support with theory instruction and hands-on application.


Mrs. Jessica Hoopes

Jessica Hoopes joined the DCTS staff in 2015 after teaching in the Middletown Area School District and the Palmyra Area School District. She was a regular education and special education teacher who has over fifteen years of classroom teaching experience in every grade from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Jessica grew up in the area and graduated from Middletown. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Millersville University and her Master’s Degree from Wilkes University. Jessica enjoys her position as a Career and Technical Education Facilitator because she is able to use her classroom experience to help students in their CTE programs and also help them plan for their futures after high school.


Mrs. Amanda Weaver

Amanda Weaver joined the DCTS staff in 2011 as the Emotional Support teacher after teaching at the Derry Township School District and Middletown Area School District. After her position as the Emotional Support teacher for a number of years, she became a Learning Support English teacher at DCTS. Amanda began her career as a Career and Technical Education Facilitator during the 2016-17 school year. As the Career and Technical Education Facilitator, she is able to assist students in their CTE program with theory in the areas of reading, writing, and math as well as provide other strategies to help students to be successful in their program. In addition, Amanda assists students in their postsecondary transition planning in regards to education, employment, and independent living.


Ms. Hannah Probst – Transition Coordinator

Ms. Probst serves as the Career and Technical Facilitator exclusively for ninth grade students. She oversees the ninth grade exploratory program and is responsible for organizing and placing the students in their respective career and technical areas. Once students are placed, Ms. Probst provides support and input for students identified with disabilities in their career and technical programs and collects baseline data for the high school transition process. As ninth grade applications arrive for the upcoming year, Ms. Probst interviews prospective students and participates in the writing of Individual Educational Plans for eighth grade students who have been accepted to Dauphin County Technical School.