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Kara Hallgren

Welcome to the Transition Program!

My name is Kara Hallgren and I have been a staff member at the SWCCCASE Transition Program since January 2016. This will be my fourth year teaching at the SWCCCASE Transition Program.  In 2014, I graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education.  

I am the Functional Academics teacher for our Pod North students. Students focus on various functional skills to help them become successful in the workplace, community and classroom. Skills that students focus on during functional academics include: calendar skills, money math skills, time skills, reading skills, community skills, personal information and more. Students focus on enhancing positive behaviors by being respectful, responsible and safe. 


Open communication allows us to work as a team to best support your child. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Email Address:

Phone Number: (708)873-1600

You can also write in your child’s folder!

The best time to reach me via phone will be after school from 2:45-3:30 and I will respond to emails within 24 hours.


I am excited to make this our best year yet!


  • Transition Content Areas

    Personal Social Skills:

    Focuses on Communicating with Others, Interpersonal Skills, Responsible behaviors and Self Advocacy and Awareness.

    Functional Academics:

    Focuses on Calendar Skills, Functional Math Skills, Functional Reading and Writing Skills and Personal Information.

    Daily Living Skills:

    Focuses on Kitchen and Cooking, Safety, Health and Nutrition and Caring for yourself.

    Vocational Skills:

    Focuses on Exploring Jobs, Appropriate Work Habits, Specific Job Skills and Business and Marketing

  • PBIS

    Our school is a PBIS school (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support). Students will earn rewards and participate in special activities throughout the school year in response to exhibiting positive behaviors in school. This program is a great way to ensure a positive learning environment for all students. Our Transition Tools, which help our students strengthen positive behaviors are: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful.