Special Education

The Special Education Department serves approximately 1,500 students who have been identified as having disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA 2004). Services are provided in accordance with Ohio’s Operating Standards for Children with Disabilities and the Special Education Model Policies and Procedures.

Our department includes a director, special education coordinators, intervention specialists, school psychologists, speech pathologists, paraprofessionals, occupational therapists, physical therapist, adapted physical education, assistive technology resource leader, academic/behavior coach, work-study coordinator and secretaries.

Special Education Director

Kristina Hulse
Kristina Hulse
Director of Special Education
614.834.2152

The Special Education Department serves approximately 1,500 students who have been identified as having disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA 2004). Services are provided in accordance with Ohio’s Operating Standards for Children with Disabilities and the Special Education Model Policies and Procedures.

Our department includes a director, special education coordinators, intervention specialists, school psychologists, speech pathologists, paraprofessionals, occupational therapists, physical therapist, adapted physical education, assistive technology resource leader, academic/behavior coach, work-study coordinator and secretaries.

Members of the Special Education team include psychologists, academic / behavior coach, speech and language pathologists, physical and occupational therapists, orientation and mobility specialists. Those teams can be found lower on this page.

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As required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), the Pickerington Local School District is committed to the location, identification, and provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for all children between the ages of 3 and 21 having a disability and residing within our school district.

If you know of a child with a disability, or have a child suspected of having a disability, who is not currently receiving appropriate educational or related services, please contact the Pickerington Schools Office of Special Education at 614.833.2110

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Children, ages 3-21 years, who qualify for special education services under IDEIA are identified as having disabilities in one of the following areas: autism, cognitive disabilities, multiple disabilities, specific learning disabilities, other health impairment, orthopedic handicapped, severe emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, visual impairment, traumatic brain injury, speech/language disability, hearing impaired, deaf-blind, visually impaired.

Special education services for each student with disabilities are written into each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Services may be provided in a variety of settings, with the goal being to educate each student in the least restrictive environment (LRE); which means providing services in the regular classroom environment to the maximum extent possible.

In addition, students with disabilities may receive related services that could include: adapted physical education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language, audiological, interpreter, orientation and mobility, school psychological, transportation, work-study, nursing services, and aide services.

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Each building operates under an intervention model to help determine if a student should be evaluated.  All buildings are using response to intervention (RTI) to help provide individual learning experiences in the form of classroom and small group interventions. These interventions are designed by the building RTI team to positively impact the students’ academic achievements.

Screeners are in place to look at all children to determine if there is a need for tiered intervention. Parents who have concerns about their child’s educational progress should contact their child’s school.

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The Pickerington Preschool is a program that enhances and encourages learning for children with disabilities and typically developing children. We welcome children ages 3-5 years of age, while offering a range of services free to children with a qualifying disability; typical developing peers are enrolled on a tuition basis. All children are provided with a typical preschool experience and the opportunity to interact with children of all abilities.

The program is operated according to the Ohio Department of Education standards, federal mandates for the Education of Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, and state licensure rules and regulations. Preschool teachers must hold a license for the Early Education of the Handicapped issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

The philosophy of the program emphasizes developmentally-appropriate activities.  The preschool has adopted the Creative Curriculum. Within this context, children with  disabilities receive play-based, individualized, developmentally-appropriate  interventions, including child- and teacher-directed activities. Typically-developing  children are considered to be an integral component of the program as role models for instructional and social interactions.

Preschool Website

 

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Whose IDEA Is This? A Parent’s Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA)

Department of Education: Consent Order

Department of Education: Notice to Parents

Coordinators

Amy McNeal
Amy McNeal
Preschool Coordinator
Tussing (614) 834-2661; Violet (614) 834-2661
Allison Jenison
Allison Jenison
Special Education Coordinator
614.833.2110
Rachael Mayer
Rachael Mayer
Special Education Coordinator
920-6177
Sara Morman
Sara Morman
Special Education Coordinator
614-834-6424
Brittany Turnbull
Brittany Turnbull
Special Education Coordinator
614.833.2110
Tina Weimar
Tina Weimar
Special Education Coordinator
PHSC 614-548-1821 / DMS 614-830-2915
Gary Barstow
Gary Barstow
Work Study Coordinator
(614) 830-2791

School Psychologists

Rick Brenner
Rick Brenner
School Psychologist
614.833.2110
Sheila Core
Sheila Core
K-8 School Psychologist
(614) 830-2200
Beth Daniels
Beth Daniels
School Psychologist
614-830-2727
Dr. Hilary Kalra
Dr. Hilary Kalra
School Psychologist
614.833.2110
Julie Pitman
Julie Pitman
School Psychologist
(614) 548-1500
Jessie Watkins
Jessie Watkins
School Psychologist
614.830.2912

Administrative Secretaries

Sherri Dittoe
Sherri Dittoe
Administrative Secretary, Special Education Department
614.920.6164
Lori McCarthy
Lori McCarthy
Administrative Secretary
614.834-2152
Tammy Pruden
Tammy Pruden
Administrative Secretary, Special Education Department
614.920.6135

Academic / Behavior Coach

Blythe Wood
Blythe Wood
Academic/Behavior Coach Special Education K-12
(614) 920-6135

Speech and Language Pathologists

Kelly Conover
Kelly Conover
Speech Pathologist
614.548.1527
Katie Dominguez
Katie Dominguez
Speech Therapist
(614) 833-2130
Candi Eccleston
Candi Eccleston
Preschool Speech Pathologist
614.548.1521
Ashley Elam
Ashley Elam
Speech-Language Pathologist
614-834-2600
Kaitlin Jensen
Kaitlin Jensen
Speech Language Pathologist
(614) 830-2200
Jill Kogge
Jill Kogge
Speech-Language Pathologist
614-834-6400
Kathleen Mathews
Kathleen Mathews
Speech Therapy Grades K-12
Tussing Elementary: (614) 834-2600; Toll Gate Elementary: (614) 834-6300
Colette Moon
Colette Moon
Pickerington Local Preschool-speech pathologist
614-548-1500
Diane Ouimet
Diane Ouimet
Speech-language pathologist
614.834.6200
Brionna Patterson
Brionna Patterson
Speech-Language Pathologist
614.833.2110
Lorri Sahr
Lorri Sahr
Speech-Language Therapy
Heritage(614 ) 833-6385 Fairfield (614 ) 834-7600
Chelsea Swain
Chelsea Swain
Speech/Language Therapist
614-834-6323
Sharen Walters
Sharen Walters
Speech-Language Pathologist
614.830.2900 Diley Middle 614.835.2000 Harmon Middle
Amanda White
Amanda White
Speech Pathologist
614.833.2110

Physical / Occupational Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists

In addition to the staff members listed above, the district employs other staff members whose expertise is designed to help students with distinct special needs. These individuals can be contacted through the Special Education Office.

Physical Therapist

  • Maurisa Baker

Occupational Therapists

  • Linda Butcher
  • Shellie Coleman
  • Leslie Liptrap
  • Nicole McFerren

Assistive Technology Technician

  • Emily Zagozdon

Assistive Technology Assistant

  • Anne Shreffler