Welcome to the Special Education Office
The Special Education Office of Erie's Public Schools assures that a free and appropriate public education is provided to all eligible students residing within the district. Learn how we can help support your family.
WHAT WE DO
Services for students in need of specially designed instruction and accommodations/modifications to access curriculum and school-related activities are made available to all eligible students. We offer a continuum of services for students with disabilities, from full inclusion in the child’s home school and class to separate programs specially designed for peers with disabilities. These services are provided to eligible students at no cost to parents to assist students in reaching their full potential.
ELIGIBILITY FOR SERVICES
Students are identified as needing special education by a multidisciplinary team (MDT) that includes the parent. If the MDT team determines that a student has a disability or meets the criteria for gifted ability and needs specially designed instruction, an IEP (Individual Education Plan) team meets to develop specially designed instruction. The IEP will include accommodations/modifications necessary for the student to successfully access the curriculum and school related activities, and/or provide enrichment or acceleration within the curriculum.
Parents may request an evaluation if they feel that their child is in need of services. Please refer to the Special Programs content at left for further information regarding services and programs.
HERE FOR STUDENTS. HERE FOR FAMILIES.
Questions? Concerns? Contact information for all staff members is below. We want to hear from you. We're here to support your family, and to do that in the best, most effective way possible, we need to know what you and your family need. Please take a moment to offer your feedback and suggestions by filling out this survey (Coming soon).
Special Education Office: 874-6050
Dr. Angela Kownacki, Director of Pupil Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Supervisors:
Brad Braggins email@example.com : Strong Vincent Middle, East Middle, Perry, Lincoln, Connell, Diehl
Paul Causgrove firstname.lastname@example.org : Pfeiffer-Burleigh, Harding, Jefferson, Grover Cleveland, Edison, McKinley
Kristina Bokulich email@example.com : Erie High School, Collegiate, Wilson Middle, Cyber, Recovery Academy
Linda Cappabianca firstname.lastname@example.org : Speech and Language, Early Intervention, Gifted, ESL
Child Study Office: 874-6100
Kelly Recker email@example.com : Erie High School, Harding
Heather Prichard firstname.lastname@example.org : Erie High School, Perry
Marc Fiorelli email@example.com : Erie High School, Connell
Amber Hotchkiss firstname.lastname@example.org : East Middle, Edison
Stephanie Kalivoda email@example.com : Wilson Middle, Diehl
Cathy Davis firstname.lastname@example.org : East Middle, Lincoln, Early Intervention
Jennifer Roden email@example.com : Strong Vincent Middle, Grover Cleveland
Barb Famageltto firstname.lastname@example.org : Wilson Middle, McKinley
LuAnn Gatti email@example.com : Collegiate, Pfeiffer-Burleigh
Chris Marz firstname.lastname@example.org : Strong Vincent Middle, Jefferson
Early Intervention:Laura Kitcey, Early Intervention Service Coordinator, 874-6155, email@example.com
School Based Access Program:
Sandy Gallagher, SBAP Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Records:
Rachael Moore, 874-6102, email@example.com