Special Education Department


Clara B.Ford Academy has the philosophy of a singular delivery system of all special education services.  The special education staff implements full inclusion teaching by pushing into the general education classrooms, assisting all students with the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Here at Clara B. Ford Academy, all of our students receive many supports and services, including differentiation and Response to Intervention techniques. 

Mrs. Jennings


Mrs. Jennings has lived in Michigan her entire life.  She grew up on the east side of Detroit until she was a sophomore in high school.  At that time, her father was transferred to Grand Rapids, way over to the other side of the state!  Mrs. Jennings attended Western Michigan University for her undergraduate studies.  She earned a Bachelor of Science, with a Special Education major,  earning an endorsement in Emotional Impairments.  She then attended Grand Valley State University for her graduate studies, earning 30 credits towards her Master's Degree, while obtaining her Learning Disabilities endorsement.  Mrs. Jennings married in 2012, and moved back to this side of the state and began working at Clara B. Ford Academy. She lives in the area with her husband and her adorable beagle-mixed rescue dog.  Mrs. Jennings loves and feels the calling to teach, and cannot imagine pursuing any other occupation.  

Mrs. Purcell

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Mrs. Purcell grew up in the downriver area.  She went to Melvindale Public Schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  After high school, Mrs. Purcell went to Eastern Michigan University where she studied to become a teacher.  She is certified to teach Social Studies and currently teaches Economics and Government at Clara B Ford Academy.  Mrs. Purcell is also Clara B Ford's Substitute Coordinator.  In December of 2014, she was given the job title of TST Coordinator.  Mrs. Purcell is the main contact for Special Education questions/concerns about students.  If your student has received Special Education services in the past, please feel free to contact Mrs. Purcell so that she may begin the child find process for your student, if records have not been received already.  Mrs. Purcell may also contact you, if your student receives special education services to send out progress reports at the end of each quarter and for scheduling/attending IEP meetings, and other meetings as necessary, as well. 

We are here at Clara B. Ford Academy to help all students be academically successful.  We are available for consultation by appointment from 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every day, except for Wednesday, we are available until 2:00 p.m‚Äč


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