About

Welcome to New Spring Special Education Services! At New Spring, we help individuals with disabilities achieve their behavioral and educational goals in the Central Ohio area. We serve individuals with all types of disabilities, including those with physical and Intellectual Disabilities. We specialize in serving those with Down Syndrome, ADHD and Autism. Our passion is to ensure every person, regardless of developmental stages can learn and experience joy and autonomy in life.

About the Owner My name is DeAnna Newton, and I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and a Master’s of Education in Special Education from George Mason University. I taught in Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia for 5 years. During my time with FCPS I was a teacher for students with a broad range of disabilities including severe to high functioning Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disabilities, and Multiple Health Impairments. Some of my skills include academic and life skills teaching, direct instruction, offering parent support, use and support of assistive technology and adaptive equipment, behavior support and teaching, ABA methodology,  and infusion of goals supported by other providers such as speech, occupational, and physical therapists. I have a passion for working with individuals with disabilities, and in my time as a teacher I have seen amazing growth and progress in my students in their own lives and in the lives of their families. Eight years ago I moved to Columbus from Arlington, Virginia, and I wanted to be able to support the educational and family needs of individuals outside of a school setting. So often, students with disabilities have splinter skills or holes in academic, social, and behavioral areas. Teachers do as much as they can, but often have limited time, resources, and support to fulfill the many needs of students with disabilities. Sometimes students are struggling to meet their IEP goals. Other times, behaviors or social deficits stand in the way of student success. Still, other individuals may have physical disabilities that make it difficult for them to communicate or be independent. Whatever the challenge may be, my goal is to help individuals with disabilities be as independent and have as much self-efficacy as possible. Even small steps toward independence or small increases in learning a new skill or academic concept can have a profound effect on an individual with a disability and be a great relief to the family. That’s why I started New Spring, to help serve the needs of students and families in the Columbus Area. Our philosophy is that every person, regardless of “ability” or “disability” can learn and experience joy and autonomy in life. This may look different for every individual, but it is possible and can make a world of difference for those with disabilities or for loved-ones of those with disabilities.

Lori Bennett, Intervention Specialist Hello, My name is Lori Bennett!  I have been teaching for the last 27 years.  I achieved an undergraduate degree in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University.  I then worked for Head State for five years. I went back and got my masters from Antioch McGregor in Special Education. I earned my teaching certificate from Ohio as an Intervention Specialist in K-12 mild through intensive needs. I have taught in multiple school systems and online schools. I believe that education should be fun and engaging. I believe that each child learns differently and that it is important to look at each child separately. My goal is to provide individualized tutoring so each child can achieve his/her full potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Allen, Intervention Specialist

Elizabeth Allen began her career as a public-school Speech Pathologist and quickly became fascinated by early language development and its relation to literacy. After owning and operating an infant care center she began training early education teachers and parents of young children to design play centered activities that would lead to the strong language skills children need to learn to read. Following a move to Ohio and earning the credentials needed to work in the state, she began a job as an Elementary School Intervention Specialist. A Master’s degree in Reading Science and a Certification from the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) qualify Elizabeth to help students diagnosed with Dyslexia or other reading disorders. Watching children enjoy literature after years of struggling to read is a pleasure for her and she wants all her students to catch up to their peers so they can enjoy school and take advantage of opportunities to learn and grow.