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The vision of the Learning and Academic Disabilities Department is to develop and empower students to become good self-advocates and independent learners through utilizing technology, building personal toolboxes of strategies, and accessing all available resources. We will achieve this through fostering positive relationships and open communication with staff and parents.


 SPED 2017

Elizabeth Joachim – Resource Teacher/Chair of Department - email

I am proud to be a new member of the Briggs Chaney Special Education Team. I have a master’s degree in Special Education from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland, University College. I recently completed an Administration and Supervision program through Hood College.  I am also a proud graduate of Montgomery County Public Schools where I learned that rigor and excellence are infused into all activities. I look forward to getting to know all students, parents, and guardians, as I am sure we will share a productive school year.  

Evelyne Awundaga - email

My name is Evelyne Awundaga and I am so excited to be your son or daughter's teacher this academic year. I am a former parent of BCMS and I'm glad to be back here. I've been teaching as a special educator for 10 years. This year, I am co-teaching  Investigation to Science 8  and Math 7. I look  forward to working with your student and you in order to make this school year the best ever in your student's quest for academic excellence. 

Martha Ball - email

Hello and welcome back to school! It is going to be an awesome year and we are going to learn a lot together. I really enjoy working with our young people and feel their positive energy and enthusiasm every day. I am a Special Ed. Para-educator with fourteen years working in MCPS and this is my eleventh year in Briggs Chaney Middle School. I’m bilingual English/Spanish and I am extremely glad to serve as a person-to-person connection between the Hispanic community and our school staff. I have a certificate in Administrative Support in Technology and I’m a member of the Supporting Services Training Corps at MCPS.  I am currently working toward getting teacher certification in Secondary Education in Spanish.  I love dancing and working with students on choreography for Latin, Middle Eastern and Asian dance. I like exercising, playing the piano, painting, gardening and traveling. 

Kimberly Bet - email 

I grew up in Northern NJ with four brothers and extended family members as my neighbors. I completed my undergraduate Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary & Kindergarten Education from the Pennsylvania State University and my Master’s degree in Special Education with Towson University. I started my career teaching first grade in Baltimore City for four years before transferring to MCPS. I have spent all of my 22 years in MCPS teaching at Briggs Chaney MS. I have had the opportunity to co-teach with many different talented teachers in all three grades and in all the major academic courses. I sponsor three different after school activities, girls’ Softball team, Chess & Board games Club, Tennis Club) because I believe it’s important to give our young people an chance to have a variety of experiences and activities outside of academics, that may help them grow as well rounded individuals.

Sarah Chapman - email

My name is Sarah Chapman and I have been working as a Special Education Paraeducator for the last three years here at Briggs Chaney Middle School. I graduated from MCPS and went on to further my education at Towson University. I graduated from Towson with a BS in Psychology. I will be returning to school to work towards getting a MA. I also coach the cheerleading team here at Briggs Chaney and love doing so. I have greatly enjoyed my time here at Briggs Chaney and look forward to continuing to build great relationships with the students.  

Deirdre Coyoy - email

Na’Shea English - email 

Hello Briggs Chaney! I’m grateful to be here! This is my first year at BCMS but my second year teaching overall. I just moved here to Maryland from North Carolina. So far, I’m enjoying. I hold a Master’s Degree in Special Education. I am the Intensive Reading Needs teacher which is a self-contained reading intervention program. My classroom theme this year is “Building Better Futures” I look forward to helping my students build a brighter future through improving their reading levels and helping them develop into confident, independent readers.

Greg Jaeger - email

Mr. Jaeger is in his second year at Briggs Chaney Middle School. He has graduated from Frostburg State University studying Music Management. Mr. Jaeger enjoys sports including football, baseball and weightlifting. And is currently becoming a Certified Personal Trainer.  

Wanda Johnson - email  

My name is Wanda E. Johnson.  I have been working for the Montgomery County Public School system for 15 years.  I have been a teacher at Briggs Chaney Middle School for 6 years.  This school year, I will be co-teaching Math 6 (2.0) and Math 7 special education students. I am looking forward to another fantastic year of working with your child.  

Lindsay Jones  - email

My name is Lindsay Jones.  I have worked in Montgomery County for 5 years and this is my fourth year at Briggs Chaney Middle School.  I have my bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and a Master’s Degree from The George Washington University both in Special Education.  I co-teach one eighth grade English class, four seventh grade English classes.  I look forward to working with all of my students to make this a successful year for everyone! 

Daniel Legacki - email

Born and raised in Anchorage Alaska, Daniel sought out warmer climates and attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and History in 2007.  Daniel taught in Los Angeles from 2007-2010. Afterwards he attended Brandeis University and attained an M.A. in Conflict Resolution in 2012.

 In the spring of 2012 Daniel moved to the DMV and spent some time working for the National Education Association.  He decided in the spring of 2013 that he missed the classroom and decided to attain a teaching license for the state of Maryland. He is eligible to teach Special Education, History, and Social Studies. 

Susan Martin - email

Linda Morris - email

Loraine Palmer - email

This is my 16th year in MCPS and I have been at BCMS for 14 years in Special Education.  Not only have I provided instruction to our students, I can truly say that I have also learned a lot from our students. I hope to continue to positively impact and enrich their learning for life, or until I retire back home.

Carthel Russell - email

Jeanne Taylor - email

I am so excited to be at Briggs Chaney Middle School! This is my ninth year working in special education. I also have three children with special needs. I am passionate about helping kids of all ages learn and be the best they can be. I have a BS degree in Health Care Administration and I enjoy helping in all subject areas. I am very active in my church. I’ve lived within a few miles of school for the past twenty years and I love being part of the local community. 

 Sonya Walters - email

My name is Sonya Y. Walters and I have a master’s degree in school counseling. This year, I am a para-educator in the Special Education Department. I have been working in education since 1998 and own a local mentoring and tutoring service.  I love children, animals, motorcycles, and cars. Plus, I am a great on roller skates. I look forward to working here at Briggs Chaney Middle School. 


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