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Special Education Team

Brenda Benoit Photo
Brenda Benoit
Ms. Benoit started this amazing journey of teaching at VB in 2006. She moved to USA from Chile in 2001. She loves the beach, camping, paddle boarding and spending time with friends and family. She also has a funny puppy who keeps her company named Bella. I love teaching because by doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.

 Hannah Tamayo-Rivera
Mrs. Rivera has been teaching Resource Room since 2018 and has been a Van Buren Bobcat since 2021. She loves building strong relationships with students and supporting their growth. In her free time, Mrs. Rivera enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, and cat. She also likes to travel, hike, and go to the movies.
Hannah Tamayo-Rivera Photo
 Megan Perotti Photo
Megan Perotti
In 2017, I started teaching as a long term sub and found a permanent position the next year. After spending some time in both middle school and developmental preschool, I started teaching in the Resource Room at Van Buren in 2021. I love forming relationships with my students and their families. In 2020, I married my best friend and fellow Special Education Teacher who works at Washington Elementary. (Yes, we met on the job!) In the winter, you can find us on the slopes every chance we get. We spend the summers traveling and recently took a cross-country road trip!
 Lisa Loosle
School Psychologist
I have been working in the wonderful world of education since 2010. You might catch me horseback riding, paddleboard, trying new food or reading in my free time. I believe that every student brings their own unique talents and interests to the learning community and I hope to make a positive impact on individuals and our community as a whole.
Lisa Loosle Photo
Cynthia Talbot
Mrs. Talbot loves the theatre, both being in the audience and on stage. She has been at the Van Buren for 3 years and has loved every minute of it. Ms. Goodwin is her hero. She also loves her pet pig.
Cynthia Talbot and Pet Pig


Ryan Habeck
 Extended Resource (ERR) teacher.
Mr. Habeck started teaching in 2018, joined the VB family in 2019. Before starting my teaching I got the privilege to marry my high school sweetheart. During my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog, and playing a little Dungeons and Dragons. I love teaching, and can’t wait to see your children's young minds grow.
Jennifer Hansen
Occupational Therapist
I have been working in special education as an Occupational Therapist since 1998 and started at Van Buren in 2021. In my downtime, I enjoy cooking, snuggling with my cats while watching movies and taking agility (like an obstacle course) classes with my dog. I also love camping, kayaking and escaping to the mountains to see the beautiful scenery and wildlife. My newest hobby is learning photography so I can capture my adventures. I love working as an Occupational Therapist because I get to help students improve their independence with fine motor, visual perceptual and sensory skills at school and I get to teach their parents and teachers how to help them best too.