Mr. Justin Karam
Director of Special Education
Mr. Karam is a 2005 graduate from Butler Area High School and enlisted in the Air Force after graduation. He spent 4 years on active duty and another 6 with the 171st Air Refueling Wing of PA Air National Guard. He completed a B.S. from SRU in Secondary Education/Social in 2012 and went into a Masters program for special education immediately after graduating and completed his special education certification in 2014, an Autism Endorsement in 2016, and Special Education Supervision credential in 2018.
As a special education teacher, Mr. Karam has been in emotional support, learning support, a transition coordinator, and a 7-12 special education curriculum/department chair. He has worked both in an inclusive, co-taught classroom as well as classes that have been in the special education setting for social studies, math, ELA, and transition focusing on specifically meeting the needs of students that are addressed in their IEPs.
In 2019, Mr. Karam became the Director of Special Education and Special Populations at Redbank Valley School District where he oversaw special education, gifted education, English as a Second Language, and 504 coordinator. He was also involved in getting Tier 2 and 3 Interventions in place for MTSS at the K-2 building and working on developing processes and procedures to provide support through MTSS. In 2021, he began working as an instructor in the special education department at SRU and doing consulting work through Keystone Educational Consulting group, and came to Plum Borough from a similar consulting role from Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District where he served as the Special Education Director.
The Special Education and Pupil Services Department at Plum Borough School District provides various support services for students in Pre-K through graduation from high school. Special education services include evaluations and management of individualized education plans (IEPs) for students in specialized programs, such as special education and gifted education. The district employs two full time school psychologists, three speech and language pathologists, and several special education teachers. In addition, Plum contracts with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and Hope Learning Center to provide a variety of related services including vision, hearing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Other roles served within this department include homebound instruction, 504 Accommodation Plans, and homeless and foster supports. If you have any questions that cannot be answered on the webpage, please reach out to us!