Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors in Sociology Masters in Special Education
Mrs. Nicole Klugman
Hope everyone had a great summer!! The 2019-2020 school year will be my 5th year working in the district! I am a native to Arizona and reside here in the district. My husband and I have 7 kids between us. My oldest is 25 and an alumni of ASU. My two youngest are 15 and 13. My 15 year old will be a Sophmore in the Life Skills program at CSHS. My youngest will be in 8th grade at STMS. Together we have 7 amazing kids, 1 grandchild, 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 7th 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 first 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!!
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.