Sydel began her career as a special education teacher in 2000 and quickly found that she most enjoyed working in alternative settings, providing education to non-traditional students. Her career path took a turn in 2008 when she moved into administration in an all-girls residential school in Utah. Since then, Sydel has worked with many student populations in various residential settings as a special education coordinator, teacher mentor, academic director, and compliance specialist.
With 15 years of residential school experience, Sydel understands the challenges parents face when placing their children outside of the home, and the trust that must be present to make this decision. She strives to create programs that honor this, and to help students develop the skills they need to become the best versions of themselves. Foundationally, Sydel believes that relationships and building a sense of community are among the most important aspects of a successful school experience for staff, students, and families alike.
A native of New Jersey, Sydel is excited to be returning home to be closer to family after almost 25 years in Utah and Idaho. In her free time, she enjoys creative projects, cooking, and live music but her favorite is spending quality time with her young son.
Sydel holds a master’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in English and journalism. Her additional endorsements include special education, teacher mentor, and administration and supervision. Additionally, she is well versed in special education compliance and specializes in collaborating with schools, families, and advocates who are placing students out-of-district.