A picture is worth a thousand words…

March 2, 2012 by cpehrson

This time, as we were looking at all the pictures taken through the past 40 years at the CPD,  we found a real live hippie.  And he still works at the CPD today.  If you squint just a bit at the picture, you might just see what he looks like today.  Do you recognize him?

Man working with a child on reading at a table


















Our last mystery photo was Dr. Martin (Marty) Toohill, the Coordinator of Psychological Services at the CPD.  There will be more mystery photos to come.  It is a great opportunity to look back and see all of the children and families touched through the years by the wonderful staff at the CPD.

You can read more about the people and programs at the CPD on the CPD History Channel.

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A picture is worth a thousand words…

February 16, 2012 by cpehrson

We’ve been looking through the 13,000 archived CPD photos taken over the past 40 years.  There are many interesting stories hidden behind each picture.

Once again, we came across a picture of one of our current CPD staff members, working here early in his career.  Do you recognize him?  He really hasn’t changed that much in the last 20 years!

Here’s a hint:  He trained two years at the CPD while working towards his PhD.

Three adults seated in a small conference room.

One of our current CPD staff is seated in the middle. Do you know who he is?




















Our last mystery photo was of Dr. Mark Innocenti, Director of the Research and Evaluation Division at the CPD.

You can visit our CPD History Channel for more interesting stories and people who have made a difference in the past 40 years at the CPD.

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CPD Resolutions…Looking forward to 2012

January 6, 2012 by cpehrson

When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people:  those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.  (John M. Richardson, Jr.)

CPD staff, What are your New Year resolutions?

Here is what will be happening this year at the CPD…the people who make it all happen!

-I want the CPD’s great web content to show up on the computer screens of even more people, especially by current and future special educators.  (J. Lyon)

-I want to be more content in any situation that life hands me.

-I want to travel south of the border (I’ve never been south before!)

-We want to be healthier, so we are off desserts/candy for the next 2 months and plan to eat our full recommended servings of fruit/veggies each day.  (J. Westover)

-I want to put in my yard.

-I want to hike to the top of King’s Peak;  it is the highest in Utah at 13,528 feet. (D. Ramussen)

-I want to work more exercise into my winter life–preferably without hurting myself.  And I’ll continue to drink fewer Diet Coke with Lime.

-My husband and I are going to Monterey, CA in July to see our son, Nicholas, graduate from Language School.  He is in the Army/National Guard and has been learning Arabic.  He has the 3rd highest GPA of all Arabic classes and is going to Morocco for a month as a reward. (J. Gines)

-I am saving money to go on a historical Mediterranean cruise with my Mom in November.  We would see Michelangelo’s painted ceiling, Rome, and spend a night in Barcelona! (S. Powell)

-I want to become more patient and to really figure out who I want to be–I feel like I am a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none of them.  So it would be nice to be able to be an expert in something.  (V. Jump)

-My husband and I have downloaded our personal accounts into Quicken this week and we plan to keep better track of our money by checking the budget each week. I am saving for a big rock fireplace in the family room.  (J. Westover)

A single resolution can positively and profoundly create lasting change in someone’s life.  Here’s wishing all of the CPD staff good luck with accomplishing their resolutions this year.

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Changing places and faces at the CPD

August 31, 2011 by cpehrson

You may notice a few changes around the CPD when you walk through the halls this fall.

There will be a new face in the front office area- Charlee Nealy will be taking over as Administrative staff assistant, replacing our beloved Diane Green, who is retiring soon.

Charlee has been working as the Up to 3 Early Intervention staff assistant for the past few years.  Moving to the front office has been a bit daunting, but exciting for Charlee, who said after her first day here, “Diane is not allowed to leave!”  But, after thinking about it a minute, she declared, “I think it’s going to be awesome!”

Taking Charlee’s place in the Up to 3 program is Miriam Williams, a newly graduated USU student who has been working part time for the past five years as the Up to 3 data manager.  “I love working for the Up to 3 program.  Everyone here is so great!”  She is a little nervous about taking over Charlee’s position, because,  in her words, “Charlee’s shoes will be hard to fill!”

Miriam graduated in English Education, with the goal of finding a job in secondary education.  After being surrounded by the excellent Up to 3 staff and seeing what an impact they are having on young children with disabilities, it has made her rethink what her future plans may be.  She is considering continuing her education and getting a Special Education degree.

She says, “I had never thought about it before, but I am now more aware of people with disabilities out in the the community and feel very comfortable interacting with them.”  She shared that recently she was near a young teenager who had some significant disabilities and his family.  Others were staring at him and appeared uncomfortable and awkward around him, but Miriam just wanted to go over and talk to him and spend more  time with him.

That is something that seems to happen to people who work at the CPD.  They learn to respect people who have disabilities and begin to see them as wonderful people who are more like them than different from them.

We welcome the changes that are happening at the CPD, and wish them all well in their new endeavors.