Perkins School Leadership and Staff


Ms. Cindy Wing: Vice President of Education

CindyWingCindy oversees curriculum design, development and instruction school-wide that supports the philosophy of best practices and exemplary academic programming. She leads the Curriculum Review Council, Curriculum Duplication Project, and the committees that support Math, Reading and Writing Literacy, Professional Development, and Summer Fest. She also coordinates MAP assessments and Title I programming school-wide.


“Each student deserves the opportunity to embrace learning. My goal at DFPS is to provide teachers the key resources, supports and professional development they need to enable them to create rich and engaging learning environments that will challenge each student academically, socially and emotionally. It is my ultimate reward to know that each student leaving our school has the ability to advocate for his or her individual needs, becomes a life-long learner, and a valued, contributing member of society.”


Ms. Sharon Lowry: Assistant Director of Education

Sharon oversees the clinical support services for the school in addition to the day school’s clinical staff. She also provides support to school staff regarding emotional, social, and behavioral needs of students. She coordinates the delivery of family support services, parent education series, parent support services and provides consultation regarding transportation services for students.


“The DFPS is a dynamic and supportive educational environment that supports students in overcoming challenges and learning to take academic and social risks. Students are encouraged to be active participants in their learning and within the school community. Staff embrace a student centered and strengths-based perspective and work collaboratively with students when tackling challenges. The DFPS community is one that supports family involvement, diversity, and each individual’s ability to grow and blossom.”


Ms. Debbie Stephenson: IEP Coordinator

Debbie oversees IEP development and administration school-wide. She collaborates with school districts to ensure support services meet the needs of individual students. She coordinates tri-annual evaluations, diagnostics evaluations and testing needs for students within the school.


“I feel that DFPS promotes the success of each student through comprehensive supports and programming.”


Ms. Lisa Beneche: Director of Career Education, Occupational Therapist

Over the past several years, Lisa has developed the career education programming for the high school focusing on independent living skills, career exploration, job readiness, entrepreneurship, college and trade school exploration and visits, and work-study internship programs. She has also been involved with the overall development of the Adult Transition Program (ATP) and currently leads several groups. As an occupational therapist, she provides direct services and consultation for high school students and ATP members.


“I am proud to be a member of the Perkins School Leadership team. We are always striving to create the best academic, transitional, social and emotional programming for our students; helping them to be successful in school, work, leisure and independent living tasks.”