Jane Harkaway, 56, a teacher and supervisor of physical education programs and activities for special-needs children, died Oct. 19 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She was a Silver Spring resident.

She had leukemia, her brother, Joseph Harkaway, said.

Ms. Harkaway had worked in special-needs physical education programs for the Montgomery County public schools since 2001. For the past two years, she supervised the schools’ countywide program.

Her duties included swimming instruction, teacher training, designing curricula, organizing conferences and overseeing compliance with regulations.

She had previously worked in special-needs physical education programs for the Anne Arundel County public schools from 1991 to 2001. She directed Special Olympics events and also worked in a summer camp for children with special needs.

Before teaching in the Anne Arundel school system, Ms. Harkaway was on the faculty of the Benedictine School for special-needs children in Ridgely, Md.

Jane Wendy Harkaway was born in Buffalo and moved with her family to Silver Spring as an infant.

She graduated from Springbrook High School in 1974 and from the University of Maryland in 1979. She received a certificate in special education at Maryland in 1984 and a master’s degree in education from Bowie State University in 1992.

Survivors include two adopted children, Danielle Harkaway and Hannah Harkaway, both of Silver Spring; her parents, William and Barbara Harkaway of Bethesda; a sister, Beth Harkaway-Kleinkenecht of McLean; and a brother, Joseph Harkaway of Potomac.

— Bart Barnes