Mr. Duncan
Applied Transition Facilitator Phone 480 472 4431

Biography

This is my 2nd year at Westwood and my 7th year working for Mesa Public Schools. I grew up in Colorado and moved to Arizona fifteen years ago.  I graduated from ASU with a Bachelors Degree in Special Education.  I also have an Associates Degree of Applied Arts in Criminal Justice from Colorado Northwestern Community College, and an Associates Degree of Applied Business in Golf Course Management and Instruction.

I have experiences with students with disabilities ranging from kindergartners to post-high school.  I have taught kids in SLD, MIID, Autism, and ED programs.

Information about Applied Learning Programming

The purpose of Applied Learning Programming is to provide students, through individualized programming, with lifelong knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to maximize their independence and success in integrated academic, personal management, workplace, and arts and recreation/leisure settings.

This mission is supported by a collective commitment to:

  • increase independence in present and future environments.
  • maximize communication and social skills.
  • develop instructional priorities that come from the environment.
  • assess and teach functional skills in their natural settings.
  • maximize interactions with non-disabled peers.
  • build partnerships among members of the community: students, parents, caregivers, educators, service agencies, and private industries.
  • view challenging behaviors as instructional needs.
  • motivate students through instruction from school to post-school settings.
  • plan systematic transitions from school to post-school settings.