18+ School Staff

Dave Welsh

Dave Welsh is a compassionate teacher with a heart for helping children who struggle with academic and social challenges. He has 16 years experience with special needs populations. At Vanguard he works in the 18 Plus Program where he coaches young adults in practical life skills as they prepare to take the first daunting steps toward living away from home. Dave is a tireless motivator and enjoys seeing his students gaining confidence and overcoming obstacles in order to reach important milestones.

In addition to his work in the 18 Plus Program, he offers woodworking classes and assists Laura Stallings in the art room. In his own life, Dave has found that creativity can be a great outlet not only for self expression, but for managing anxiety, something many Vanguard students cope with daily. He believes that these classes are a perfect place for the students to practice following directions, working as a group, problem solving and social skills. It’s also a perfect place for him to practice his infamously lame jokes and terrible puns that endear him to his students!

As an avid adventurer and lover of the outdoors, Dave also helps Vanguard’s counselors on the New Mexico trip offered each summer to the middle school and high school students. His wife and 3 teens look forward to hearing his stories each year of the amazing strides the students made in the great outdoors.

He loves being a part of his students’ journeys as they experience new things and stretch to reach new goals whether it be in the classroom, working on a wood shop project or learning to balance a checkbook in the 18 Plus Program, Dave is a dedicated cheerleader as they grow and gain confidence each step of the way.

Amy Rangel

Amy Rangel has her Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Child Development. She worked at Children’s Medical Center for 11 years as a Child Life Specialist. She also teaches at Brookhaven Community College in the Child Development/Teacher Preparation Department. She has been at Vanguard since 2015.


Parent Support Group
Tuesday, September 10th

Parent Education Session
Thursday, September 24th

Staff Development Day
Friday, September 25th

Fall Break
October 5-9

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