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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.

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.   

Special Education Directory

Toni Galan, Director of Student Services [email protected] 630-293-6000 x215

School Psychologists

Alice Danilovich,  Leman Middle School 

Andrea Hawkins, Indian Knoll

Donna Williams, Turner and Wegner

Jackie Ramos, Gary and Turner 

Jessica Zielinski,  Pioneer and Leman Middle School 

Lindsay Sharp,  Currier 

Sara Nicholls, Early Learning Center

Tammy Charvat, Early Learning Center 

Social Workers

Estella Zurita, Indian Knoll 

Jessica Phillips, Leman Middle School 

Jesus Serna, Gary and Turner 

Tamar Friedman, Currier and Early Learning Center 

 Yadira Contreras, Pioneer and Wegner

Speech Language Pathologists

Ally Zuercher, Currier

Andrea Gustafson, Wegner

Bridget Fors, Pioneer 

Carrie Beale, Turner 

Emily Moler, Early Learning Center and Trinity

Heidi Wagreich, Early Learning Center

Jasmine Donley, Early Learning Center

Justine Distefano, Indian Knoll

Kate Tebrugge, Educare

Katie Finnegan, Leman Middle School

Lindsay Durkin, Currier  

Meredith Tonarelli, Early Learning Center

Nicole Perri, Indian Knoll

Robin Schwartz, Early Learning Center and Educare

Susan Grissom, Leman Middle School  

Sandra Wroblewski, Gary