Mrs. Casey Molitor, Director of Special Education
Casey Molitor has been with the Norristown Area School District since 2017. She came to us from the Downingtown Area School District, in which she served as an elementary supervisor of special education for almost 3 years. Prior to serving in that role, she was an Emotional Support teacher in the district for fourth and fifth grade students for about 7 years. Before entering into a school district, Mrs. Molitor taught for 3 years in alternative education in Montgomery and Delaware Counties.
Mrs. Molitor earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, obtaining both her elementary and special education certifications. After recognizing her students’ needs as they relate to reading, she went to West Chester University to obtain her Master’s degree in Education and her reading specialist certification. She then went on to pursue her Principal’s certification at Penn State Great Valley and later her Special Education Supervisor certification from Delaware Valley University. Currently she is in the process of earning her doctorate from Immaculata University in Educational Leadership. Through all of my teaching and educational experience, my passion has always been special education.
Mrs. Molitor lives in Skippack, PA with her husband, Tim and her 2 children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and occasionally taking part in half marathons and other types of running events.
Ms. Julie Knudsen, Supervisor of Pupil Services
Ms. Knudsen, LCSW, joined the Norristown Area School District in 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and began her career as a fifth grade teacher in South Central Los Angeles. Ms. Knudsen went on to pursue a Master’s in Social Services at Bryn Mawr College and then spent the next fifteen years working as a therapist and Clinical Supervisor at Central Behavioral Health primarily working with children and families.
During her time with the Norristown Area School District, Ms. Knudsen earned a commendation from the District Attorney’s Office for her work around bullying/cyberbullying and was named a “Superhero” by the United Way for making a positive impact in Montgomery County.
Mrs. Erin Grodnitzky, Elementary School Supervisor of Special Education
Mrs. Erin Grodnitzky has been with the Norristown Area School District since 2007 where she began her career as a paraprofessional in the Autistic Support Program at Whitehall Elementary. She then became an Autistic Support Teacher serving grades K-4 for about 12 years. Following her position as a classroom teacher, she moved into the role of Program Support Specialist at the elementary level within the district. Shortly after, she became the Elementary Supervisor of Special Education. In addition to her professional duties, Mrs. Grodnitzky also enjoyed serving as the Norristown Area High School assistant girls lacrosse coach for 4 seasons.
Mrs. Grodnitzky earned her Bachelor’s degree from West Chester University, obtaining her elementary education certification. After serving as a paraprofessional in the district, she realized that her passion was working with students with special needs. Mrs. Grodnitzky immediately enrolled in Immaculata University where she received her special education teaching certification. She then went on to pursue a supervisor of special education certification from Delaware Valley University and most recently obtained her principal’s certification also from Delaware Valley University.
Mr. Michael Fierras, Middle School Supervisor of Special Education
Mr. Michael Fierras joined the Norristown Area School District during the Summer of 2019 as the Supervisor of Middle School Special Education. Mr. Fierras has experience as a Special Education Teacher in New York City working in both Middle and High School settings as well as a Special Education Teacher and Assistant Principal at Phoenixville Area High School. He is joining the Norristown Area School District after most recently serving as an Assistant Principal at Coatesville Area Sr. High School. As a teacher, Mr. Fierras has also served as a coach for LaCrosse, Soccer, and Track and Field teams as well as a supervisor for the International Youth Physics Tournament team.
Mr. Fierras earned his Bachelor of Science and Pennsylvania teaching certification in Special Education from The Pennsylvania State University. As a teacher serving in the Lower East Side of New York City, Mr. Fierras obtained his Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from New York University. While teaching, Mr. Fierras also added his certification for 7-12 Mathematics. Shortly after, with the support and guidance of his Administrators, Mr. Fierras enrolled in the Education Administration Certification program at Cabrini College.