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Our Classrooms

Sue Nadeau

Pre-school classroom

Hello! My name is Sue Nadeau and I joined CHC in April 2023. I have over 30 years experience as a Special Education Teacher, I have worked with students from birth through five years of age in a variety of settings and with diverse needs. I have three adult children and I am a dog and cat mom also. My hobbies include traveling, gardening and camping. 


I love teaching preschool! There are so many first experiences that we will be going through this year. For many, it may be the first time your child is away from home. We understand how difficult that may be, and will work together as a team to provide the best learning experience for your child. In addition to myself, our team includes the classroom support staff, therapists, and nurse. This year we will be working on learning so many new skills; including shapes, colors, numbers and counting, letters, turn taking, answering questions and more!

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Class List:​

  • Michelle

  • Mahki

  • Antonio

  • Vincent

  • Wyatt

  • Theo

  • Ryann

  • Khyheim

  • Ares

  • Felicita

  • Nasir

Educational Aides:

  • Irma

  • Aimee

  • Cassandra

  • Liz

  • Nicole


  • Kim

Contact Information

Our class uses the Remind App to communicate with families (and for me to send adorable pictures!) 


[email protected]

Hello and welcome to room 102. My name is Debbie Heckmann and I have been teaching at CHC Learning Center since 2013. I love camping and going to the

I have the second youngest group of students here at CHC. We do a variety of fun things including making slime and playdough, fun art protects and erupting apples for science. We have weekly reading groups where we read fun and exciting stories and answer questions. Every Wednesday we have game group where the students get to choose the game and practice turn taking. The students all use their communication devices to tell us their wants and needs throughout the school day. We use the ClassDojo app to communicate with families. I can also be reached at my email address [email protected]. I look forward to getting to know
you and your child.


Debbie Heckmann

Classroom 102

Class List:​

  • Christeon

  • Lucas

  • Gillie

  • Stevie

  • Halien

  • Bodie

  • Scarlett

  • Alex

  • Jack

  • Keaton

  • Usaid

  • Maxon

Educational Aides:

  • Cathy

  • Nancy

  • Yolanda

  • Gloria

  • Carla

  • Martaysha


  • Darlene

Contact Information

Use ClassDojo to communicate with families


[email protected]


Sophia Smith-Chills

Classroom 118

Hello welcome to Room 118! My name is Sophia Smith-Chillis, I have a Masters Degree in education and have been teaching here at CHC since 2020. I have 3 children of my own and teaching is my passion!

In my classroom we focus largely on reading comprehension and basic math skills. We also try our hands in learning how to conduct research though our “Weekly Bizz” assignments each Wednesday, and participating in hands on projects of all sorts to prepare us for moving on to middle school. For fun we enjoy going out into our CHC courtyard when the weather permits, and we also have game group every Friday for fun Friday. In room 118,  we “try our absolute best every single day!”

Class List:​

  • Yatziel

  • Gia

  • Marty

  • Amanuel (AJ)

  • Benjamin 

  • Giovani

  • Noah

  • Ella

Educational Aides:

  • Donna

  • Chrissy

  • Wilma

  • Amber


  • Shelley

  • Debbie

Contact Information

I use class Dojo to communicate with families. This is the link to my classroom


[email protected]

Welcome to Room 114, the Middle School Class! My name is Ms. Lisa King. It has been my pleasure to be a Special Educator of the CHC Learning Center community since 2019.  I completed my undergraduate work in the areas of Psychology and Art History/Fine Arts at Canisius College. I worked as counseling, management and development staff for 16 years within not for profits.  My graduate studies focused on Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities as well as Adolescence. I am starting my ninth year of teaching this year! I have one son and we enjoy hiking, gardening and spending time with family and friends. 

I believe parents/guardians are their children’s first teacher. The Team in Room 114 works in close communication and collaboration with parents and guardians. As a class, we focus on building skills through explicit instruction and on exploring our world through concrete, hands-on experiences. We work in cooperative, partner and group activities. We use STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Music and Math) projects to explore, to learn and to grow. Please join our Class Dojo and visit our Google Classroom to check out some of the fun activities and lessons. Ms. Lisa will share more information as requested. 


Lisa King

Classroom 114

Class List:​

  • Ameer

  • Castle

  • Fidelite

  • Chloe

  • Mason

  • Landen

  • Makayla

Educational Aides:

  • LaSandra

  • Marcia

  • Anisaha


  • Barb

  • Kandy

Contact Information


[email protected]

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Morgan Pulliam

Classroom 124

My name is Morgan Pulliam. I attended Buffalo State University and received an undergraduate degree in communications, and a Masters degree in Students With Disabilities grades 7-12. I have been teaching since 2019. Some of my prior experience includes teaching 6th grade ELA special education, teaching 9th grade special education in algebra, english, and biology. Besides teaching I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, and watching a good reality show!


This school year we will learn many things! I am focused on reading and basic number operations, as well as life skills, field trips, arts and crafts and science experiments! I am so happy to be a part of CHC!

Class List:​

  • Angelina

  • Sara

  • Bella

  • Sama

  • Brayden

  • Richard (Ricky)

  • Morgan

  • Kayla

Educational Aides:

  • Marie

  • Katherin

  • Maniyha


  • Carrie

  • Krista

Contact Information


[email protected]

Hi and welcome to Room 110! My name is Wendy Rice and I began my teaching career back in 1997 in North Carolina. After I moved back, I started teaching at CHC in September 2001 and have been teaching here ever since. I am a wife and mother of two girls.

I have the oldest group of students at CHC. We work on a variety of high interest topics, with emphasis in increasing communication and social skills, as well as working towards improving the student's over all independence. Community Transition is a large part of the program. We take several trips out into the community to explore our neighboring environments and to help foster a sense of belonging. We also explore a variety of careers to help determine our preferences for what we would like to do after we graduate. Mostly, we have a lot of fun as we learn about all sorts of cool facts, play many games in our weekly game group, and explore age-appropriate music and themes.  


Wendy Rice

Classroom 110

Class List:​

  • Olivia

  • Victoria (Tori)

  • Grace

  • Salman

  • Infinitous (Tino)

  • Tommy

  • Ethan

  • Michael

Educational Aides:

  • Misty

  • Bethany

  • Patrice

  • Leigh


  • Linda

Contact Information


(716) 831-8424


[email protected]

Julie Tojeck

Adaptive PE

Put me in coach I’m ready to play!!!! My name is Julie Tojek and I am the Adapted Physical Education Teacher for CHC Learning Center. In 2003, I graduated from Canisius College with a degree in Physical Education but ended up pursuing a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. I have been working at CHC as a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2008. This past year, I went back to my roots and began developing CHC’s adapted PE program while working on becoming recertified. I have two older stepchildren and a son that keep me very busy. When not running around with the kids,
my husband and I enjoy camping, playing and watching sports and attending the many events Buffalo has to offer.

Adaptive physical education is a specially designed program of developmental activities, games, sports, and rhythms suited to the interests, capabilities, and limitations of students. All students at CHC will be provided safe and successful experiences in physical education, while meeting their unique needs. The activities, sports, and games will enhance self-actualization, including the development of abilities in their motor planning, coordination, knowledge of new games/sports, and learning about teamwork and sportsmanship.

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