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Special Education

Special Education in West Chicago

Special education questions can be directed to the building principal or school psychologist. Special education placement is determined by a multidisciplinary team, which considers the student's past and present performance, the result of specific tests or progress monitoring and the findings of specific interviews or reports. Parents are included in these team meetings. District 33 uses a Response to Intervention Model "RtI" to address students needs based on data. The district also uses "RtI" when determining eligibility for special education services which are provided by a special education teacher. also known as a facilitator.

In addition, related services including Speech and Language Therapy and Social Worker counseling are also provided. We work closely with SASED who provide Occupational and Physical Therapy, and other services as needed.

We have several self contained classrooms, a Preschool Instructional Classroom, English and Bilingual Primary Instructional Classrooms and an Instructional Classroom at Leman Middle School for students with more significant needs. In addition, some students have needs that can not be met in these settings so these students travel to specialized programs outside of this district.

Special Education Services

Psychological Services: School psychologists provide diagnostic evaluations of individual students, participate in in-service training programs, counsel students and consult with teachers, parents, and administrators.

Social Work Services: Social workers are employed to work as liaisons between the school, the home, and outside support agencies. Social workers are also available to consult with parents and teachers.

Speech and Language Therapy: Speech and language pathologists are available for students, preschool through grade 8, whose speech and/or language interferes with communication and learning. Therapy services are provided in the general education classroom and in separate individual or small group sessions.

Homeschooled Students with Special Needs

Parents who choose to home school their student with special needs have resources available. Please contact Toni Galan to discuss service options.
Each spring there is a meeting to discuss the district's plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who are home schooled. If you would like to be invited, please contact Toni Galan.

Special Education Directory

Suzanne Nissen, Director of Student Services [email protected] 630-293-6000 x217

School Psychologists

Alice Danilovich, Turner and Wegner

Eric Cotter, Leman Middle School

Jackie Ramos, Gary

Jessica Zielinski, Leman Middle School 

Lindsay Sharp, Currier 

Payal Patel, Indian Knoll

Sara Grapski, Early Learning Center

Tammy Charvat, Early Learning Center

Yesenia Favela, Pioneer


Social Workers

Alex Valdez, Early Learning Center

Cara DiBona, Leman Middle School

Estella Zurita, Gary 

Jessica Phillips, Leman Middle School 

Jesus Serna, Turner 

Kristin Cumbo, Leman Middle School

Nicole Rektorski, Indian Knoll

Tamar Friedman, Currier

Tim Kolaczkowski, Wegner

 Yadira Meza, Pioneer 


Speech Language Pathologists

Aimee Geringer, Early Learning Center

Alicia Hizel, Currier

Andrea Gustafson, Wegner

Bridget Fors, Pioneer 

Carrie Beale, Turner 

Emily Moler, Trinity

Heidi Wagreich, Early Learning Center and Trinity

Inez Erickson, Gary

Jamie DeYoung, Currier

Jasmine Donley, Early Learning Center

Jori Jones, Indian Knoll

Kate Tebrugge, Educare

Katie Finnegan, Leman Middle School

Kristin Ellis, Early Learning Center

Meredith Tonarelli, Early Learning Center

Michaela Powers, Indian Knoll

Remi Salami, Early Learning Center and Educare

Sandra Wroblewski, Gary  

Susan Grissom, Leman Middle School  

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