Office of Special Services

The Office of Special Services provides child study team services throughout the district. These functions include the evaluation, eligibility determination and development of individual education programs (I.E.P.) for all special needs students. The child study team also provides case management for all eligible students from pre-school through eighth grade.

Other functions of the Office of Special Services include the coordination and development of special education programs across all district schools, coordination of out of district special education placements, and oversight of all related services and the homebound instruction program. Organization of activities for parents of special needs children through the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee is also accomplished through this office.

Special Services Staff


Gail Dagastine, Secretary
Ext 5071

Nicole Espenberg - Director of Special Education

Responsibilities: Administration of the District Special Education Office, including supervision of Special Education Programs and Services, Child Study Teams, Speech and Language Services, Home Instruction.

TEAM 1 - Services DeMasi Elementary, DeMasi Middle and Evans Schools

  • Secretary, Ext. 5078
  • Elise Novatkoski, Learning Consultant
  • Jacquelynne Flynn, Social Worker
  • Ginger Shaen, School Psychologist
  • Virginia Perrone, Autism Specialist/Speech Language Pathologist

TEAM 2 – Services Jaggard and Marlton Middle Schools

  • Secretary, Ext. 5076
  • Kathleen G. Taylor, Learning Consultant
  • Sherri Reisman, Social Worker
  • Leslie Shultz, School Psychologist
  • Jennifer Colon, School Psychologist

TEAM 3 – Services Beeler, Evans, Marlton Elementary and Van Zant School Schools

  • Secretary, Ext. 5079
  • Gail Fought, Learning Consultant
  • Lynda Gary, Social Worker
  • Jamie Melamed, School Psychologist
  • Donielle Cohen Friedenthal, School Psychologist/Behavior Consultant

TEAM 4 – Preschool and Rice School

  • Secretary, Ext. 5089
  • Michelle Giuliano, Learning Consultant
  • Melissa Zucker, Social Worker
  • Allyson Feld, School Psychologist
Last Modified on February 2, 2017