Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors in Sociology Masters in Special Education
Mrs. Nicole Klugman
Hope everyone had a great summer!! The 2020-2021 school year will be my 6th year working in the district! I am a native to Arizona and reside here in the district. My oldest is 26 and an alumni of ASU. My two youngest are 17 and 15. My 17 year old will be a Junior in the Life Skills program at CSHS. My youngest will be a Freshman at AAEC. My husband and I have 7 amazing kids between us, 1 grandchild and one on the way, 3 dogs, 7 horses, 2 miniature donkeys, 26 chickens, 2 ducks, and a couple of pigs.
Special education is a challenging and delicate balance as both a teacher and parent myself. My son has Down Syndrome and is the reason I decided to change my career and become a special education teacher. He has taught me to slow down, enjoy the little things in life, and see the world through a different set of eyes.
This will be my 8th year teaching. I started my teaching career as a resource teacher in the Tempe Elementary Unified district. I then moved into a K-3 Life Skills class for students with severe ID and medically fragile disabilities. In 2015, I moved into the Cave Creek area and taught the 4-6 PALS program at Lone Mountain. This will be my 2nd year at the high school, and I am excited for the new challenges and experiences that will come my way. Some of you already know me through my son and the various Special Olympic sports we are in. I also coach the Special Olympics track team and hope to see more of our kids out there this year!!
This year is different for many of us due to the pandemic. I am the special education teacher for just the online students at this time. I am hoping to get back into the classroom soon.
I received my Bachelors degree in Sociology from ASU in 2001. I decided to make a career change after my son was born and received my Masters degree in Special Education from University of Phoenix in 2012. I am certified in Special Education Cross Category with an SEI endorsment.