Jennifer Altamirano

Jennifer Altamirano



As a special education teacher, I work with a team that includes parents, related service providers, medical providers and paraprofessionals to maximize my students’ life skills. I have individualized, yet high expectations for the students in my class. I’ve been at Discovery since it opened in 2015 and think the technology opportunities here open up a world of learning for my students with special needs.

Professional Background

I attended Miami University (Go Redhawks!) and received my Bachelor of Science in Education. I returned to my home-town, Cleveland, where I took a job working for a school that served troubled and troubling children while pursuing my Master of Education at Cleveland State University. In 2003, I decided it was time to leave the nest and try a new city and landed at Barcroft Elementary here in Arlington. I started out as a preschool special education teacher, tried a few years as a third grade teacher, but made my way back to special education, while serving as my school’s lead special education teacher. Over the past 15 years in Arlington, I have continued to pursue education in assistive technology, traumatic brain injury and multi-sensory impairments. I achieved National Board Certification in 2006 and renewed in 2016.

Personal Interests

My husband and I have two wonderful young boys, Rowan and Flynn, and two giant dogs, Saskia and Magnus–all four keep us on our toes. I love to spend time with my family outdoors–hiking, biking, festivals and at the beach. When I have a few minutes to myself, I love a good yoga class or time with a good book.

Literary Connection

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a book that reveals something about me. In The Giving Tree, a tree loves a boy and the young boy loves a tree–her trunk, her apples, her branches are all so much fun. However, as he grows older, he uses the tree for other purposes and spends little time with the tree. Until the end, when the little boy is now an old man who needs one last thing, a quiet place to rest, which the tree happily provides. What I love about this book is that it shows with very simple language so many rich and wonderful ideas. When young children read it, they take away one message. As children grow older when they read it again, they find another message, but it all comes down to giving. What a wonderful idea to leave with our students!


  • Language Arts - Kindergarten
  • Reading - Grade 1
  • Reading - Kindergarten
  • Science - Kindergarten
  • Mathematics - Grade 2
  • Homeroom - Grade 2
  • Homeroom - Kindergarten
  • Social Studies - Kindergarten
  • Science - Grade 5
  • Mathematics - Kindergarten
  • Science - Grade 2
  • Language Arts - Grade 2
  • Social Studies - Grade 1
  • Language Arts - Grade 5
  • Homeroom - Grade 5
  • Language Arts - Grade 1
  • Homeroom - Grade 1
  • Mathematics - Grade 1
  • Reading - Grade 5
  • Reading - Grade 2
  • Social Studies - Grade 5
  • Science - Grade 1
  • Social Studies - Grade 2
  • Mathematics - Grade 5