Special Education

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WELCOME TO DISTRICT 219 SPECIAL EDUCATION

Bridget Connolly
(Executive Director of Special Education & Student Services - District) 847-626-3990

Philosophy

The Special Education Department provides a full continuum of placements to students who have been found eligible to receive special education services. The Special Education Department is committed to providing a supportive environment in which our students with special education needs can develop academic, social, emotional, vocational and life skills. The department strives to assist each student to access a variety of learning opportunities by offering modified academic classes, support for general education classes and related services. Our staff assists students in their efforts to become self-aware, self-advocating and self-directed learners.

Department Structure: Continuum of Placements

District 219 provides an educational setting that permits students with special needs to be educated with students without disabilities. This notion is referred to as Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The chart below demonstrates a continuum of placements offered by District 219 beginning with the least restrictive environment (general education), to the most restrictive environment (residential placement).

 

General Education

Resource

Instructional

Public Day

Private Day

Residential

 

Matthew Singer
(Director of Special Education - North)
847-626-2341
Carole Burns
(Director of Special Education - West)
847-626-2880
(Principal - Central)
847-626-3120
(Assistant Director - North)
847-626-2370
Stephanie Hentz
(Assistant Director - West)
847-626-2886
Nicole Valaitis
(Coordinator - Central)
847-626-2876
Nancy Otter
(Rehabilitation Services Supervisor - District)
847-626-2876
Kate Seiwert
(Assistant Director of Transition Services & Private Day - District)
847-626-2344