As a leading special education provider, New Story Schools offers authentic learning environments, small class sizes, and individualized learning plans focused on empowerment, skill-building, and academics. Our multi-disciplinary teams of educators, behavior analysts, therapists, and support staff apply evidence-based strategies to promote growth and development, in support of students’ personal goals.

New Story Schools has several locations throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania. We support children and young adult students ages 5-21 in grades kindergarten through 12 experiencing social, emotional, educational, and behavioral challenges. New Story Schools partners with families and school districts to meet the needs of students in a safe learning environment.

All New Story Schools across Ohio adhere to the Ohio Department of Education’s standards, are chartered by the State Board of Education, and provide multiple pathways towards earning an accredited Ohio High School Diploma.

All New Story Schools across Pennsylvania adhere to the licensed private school code and are licensed by the Private Academic License Board of Education. New Story Schools in PA are licensed to educate students with disabilities in grades kindergarten through 12. Students may fulfill graduation requirements established by the state.

Our Roles

Special Education Teacher Roles

Our Special Education Teachers play several roles in the lives of our students. They teach, mentor, guide, and help our students discover a world of new possibilities. You will play an integral role in the success of our students while overseeing the classroom team.

Support Roles

Our support staff work collaboratively with Special Education Teachers and Behavior Analysts to fulfill the individual curriculum and self-care needs of the students, while implementing behavioral plans and protocols. You will be instrumental in the student’s success by supporting, guiding, and helping to educate our students.

Therapy Roles

Our therapists provide a variety of services, depending on our students’ needs. Our team members include Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Counselors, and more. You will teach our students the skills and strategies to help them thrive and manage their individual needs.

At a glance

Team Members
OH Locations:

Athens, Columbus, Independence, Lancaster, Sandusky

PA Locations:

Berwick, Carlisle, DuBois, Harrisburg, Indiana, Lancaster, Monroeville, New Cumberland, New Holland Road, Perkiomen Ave, Selinsgrove, State College, Throop, Wyoming, Wyomissing Blvd


Nichole Arnold

Regional Vice President, Operations

Nichole Arnold, MSW, LSW is a Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for New Story Schools. In this role, she oversees seven Licensed Private Academic School locations in Central Pennsylvania. Nichole has over 15 years of experience in supervising and leading an array of employees, from clinicians to educators. She has successfully licensed multiple new school locations and led the expansion of existing schools.

“I am very fortunate to have a strong team comprised of professionals who dedicate themselves to the company, the schools, and most importantly, the students. The most rewarding aspect of my position is leading this amazing team to experience as much success in their careers as they do with the students we support.”

Terri Crahalla

Regional Vice President, Operations

Terri Crahalla, MS, is a Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for New Story Schools. Terri oversees the daily operations of eight Licensed Private Academic Schools in Northeast and Western Pennsylvania. She has over 25 years of experience providing clinical services and leading clinical and academic special education teams.

“It is so important to have quality people working with the students and clients at New Story Schools. I am blessed to work with a wonderful group of people who genuinely care about the children and young adults they work with. I am also fortunate to work with a leadership team that is committed to supporting and developing employees.”

Paul Cowan

Regional Vice President, Operations

Paul Cowan is Regional Vice President of Operations for New Story Schools in Ohio. Paul oversees all five locations across Ohio and brings many years of experience working as a Teacher, Reading Interventionist, Direct Instruction Trainer, Assistant Director of Scholar Life, Principal, and Director of Operations before joining the Ohio Leadership Team.

“Our collective efforts have not only enriched the educational experience for our students but have also left a lasting, positive impact on the wider community. Being part of this team has reinforced the belief that when we unite with a common purpose, we can achieve remarkable outcomes that benefit all.”

Jill Blanchard

Senior Vice President, Operations

Dr. Jill Blanchard is the Senior Vice President of Operations for New Story in Ohio. In this role, she oversees all five New Story Schools in the state, ensuring strong operational and growth strategies. Jill has a wealth of experience and expertise, with over two decades of K-12 educator and school administrator roles. Prior to joining New Story, Jill served as the Regional Vice President of ACCEL Schools, which provides oversight of a network of charter schools in Columbus, Ohio. She served in various roles including teacher and principal and won the Teacher of the Year award in 2002.

“I strongly believe in the incredible role education plays in helping each student not only achieve their goals, but also understand that they matter.”

Christina Spielbauer

Senior Vice President, Operations

Christina Spielbauer, M.Ed. is the Senior Vice President of Operations for New Story in Pennsylvania. In this role, she oversees Green Tree School & Services. She works to drive operational excellence and growth for all of New Story’s Pennsylvania-based schools and programs. For the past 25 years, Christina has dedicated her life to public education, working in various roles and settings including teacher and principal. Prior to joining New Story, Christina served as the Superintendent of the Carlisle Area School District.

“Developing intentional and meaningful relationships with families, administrators, and partners is the foundation to creating high-quality, innovative, and impactful services for students, children, and families. New Story’s support and education model is grounded in strong partnerships, which leads to success.”


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