Maria Snitily is the new director of special education in 27J Schools. She replaces Mary Gomez, who is retiring after 14 years on the job. Snitily takes over July 1.

Snitily comes to the district from the Jefferson County R-1 School District, where she is the assistant director of special education. She began her career teaching students with significant support needs at both the middle- and high school levels. Snitily has served the special-ed community for more than 15 years. 

According to a press statement, Snitily graduated from Midland University in Nebraska with an undergrad degree in elementary education, early childhood education and a minor in human services. She earned her graduate degree in special education and administrator coursework for her director of special education license at the University of Northern Colorado.

“I am thrilled to join the 27J team as director of special education. I truly believe 27J is doing the right work for students and I’m excited for the journey ahead,” said Snitily in the statement. “My personal beliefs around inclusion, student learning, and preparing students for their future align with the values and mission of 27J. I look forward to leading the work and guiding the special education department to serve schools, students, and families in 27J.”

“We are very excited to welcome Maria, the person and the leader, and can’t wait for her to join our 27J team,” said Chief Academic Office Will Pierce in the statement. “Her expertise and passion will be essential in our continued work toward ensuring every student is prepared today for a future tomorrow.”