Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Students,
Welcome to Wing Lake Developmental Center.
It is an honor to serve the students, families, and staff at Wing Lake Developmental Center! Wing Lake’s strong reputation of providing high quality education, care, and support for students is amongst the best in the State and it is my goal to collaborate with all of you in order to continue this work. My goal is to promote optimal educational opportunities with the focus on building capacity to ensure learning is accessible and engaging for our students. I believe ALL children can learn when given appropriate resources and supports. I believe trusting and collaborative working relationships are at the core of providing optimal services for children and that we must work together to meet the needs of the whole child. Empathy, trust, and transparency are key in this work together and over time, I am confident that you will see my deep commitment to our students, staff, and families.
I would like to share some information about my family and background. I have just completed my 17th year in the field of education. I started my career as a social worker servicing older adults and then made the decision to move into the schools. I worked as an Elementary Counselor and School Social Worker in Romeo Schools. I then moved to Fitzgerald Schools where I worked as a Behavior Specialist. I spent the last eight years in Birmingham Public Schools; five years as a Middle School Social Worker and the last three years as a Supervisor of Specialized Instruction and Student Services servicing public and non-public schools children in the elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as the Adult Transition Program.
Throughout my career, I have held various leadership positions at both the school and district levels; facilitated and supported committee work such as Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, Character Education, School Improvement Teams, and Traumatic Event Crisis Intervention Plans (TECIP); and led professional learning for teachers and paraprofessionals. At one time, I was a trainer for the Statewide Autism Resources and Training project (START), Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, and Assistive Technology.
Please know my door is always open and I sincerely look forward to serving Wing Lake!
Rebecca Anders, Ed. Specialist, LMSW
Supervisor - Wing Lake Developmental Center