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Special Education

Special Education Services provides special education services in order to promote student success for students who meet the criteria for federal and state special education eligibility. Services include academic, related services, transition services, social-emotional, behavioral, and other services to support students in the learning environment. 

The Special Education Department provides a full continuum of services and placement to meet the needs of students between the ages of 3 and 22 who are found to be eligible for special education due to a disability that adversely impacts their educational functioning. This includes Extended School Year Programming for maintenance of skills. Eligibility for Extended School Year is based on evidence of substantial regression and recoupment issues. 

Related Services can include but are not limited to speech and language, adapted PE, physical and occupational therapy, social work, psychological services, transportation, and behavior intervention plans.  Hearing and Vision services are also available. More information on special education and related services can also be found on the Illinois State Board of Education's website

Special Education Department Staff

Mary Wurster

Mary Wurster

Executive Director of Student Services
Melissa Hester

Melissa Hester

Director of Special Education
Gerlinde Parvin

Gerlinde Parvin

Assistant Director of Student Services

Dante Corbin

Dante Corbin

Assistant Director of Student Services
Jacqueline Karstens

Jacqueline Karstens

Assistant Director of Student Services
Antigone Campobasso

Antigone Campobasso

Assistant Director of Student Services
Nicole Gage

Nicole Gage

Assistant Director of Student Services
Megan Dubois

Megan Dubois

Assistant Director of Student Services
Meredith Andreoni

Meredith Andreoni

Assistant Director of Student Services
Amy Fowler

Amy Fowler

Special Education Assistive Technology Coordinator
Kristen Anderson

Kristen Anderson

Special Education Assistive Technology Coordinator