About the Special Services Department
Welcome to District 70's Special Education site!

The Special Education Department provides support to the district in a variety of ways. The team provides leadership in the referral and evaluation processes in accordance with both IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, commonly known as special education) and Section 504 (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973). The department consists of a professional staff of school psychologists, social workers, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, early childhood specialists, and teaching specialists. In addition paraprofessionals are employed to assist students with special needs in their general education settings.

The department is responsible for development and implementation of the Response to Intervention initiative. In addition, data regarding homeless, home-schooled, and private school students is maintained by this department.

Dr. Christian Otto, Director of Special Services
Special Services Staff
Name Position Voice Mail
Tracy Aleckson Adler Hearing Impaired Teacher
  Butterfield Hearing Impaired Teacher
  Copeland Hearing Impaired Teacher
  Highland Hearing Impaired Teacher
  Rockland Hearing Impaired Teacher 5308
Rane Anderson Copeland Paraeducator 3330
Mara Battaglia Highland Social Worker 4124
Kelly Blahnik Rockland Special Ed. 5158
Nancy Bleck Butterfield Paraeducator
Dennis Busic Highland Paraeducator 4391
Mary Conn Copeland Paraeducator 3342
Ashley Crown Highland Psychologist 4141
Analiese Deflorio Highland Paraeducator 4326
Casie Derose Butterfield SLP 2345
Kathy Dierckens Butterfield Special Ed.
Alexis Edelstein Butterfield Social Worker
Carla Engstrom Highland Paraeducator 4444
Lisa Entin Butterfield SLP
Crysta Esser Butterfield Special Ed.
Marissa Farley Highland Social Worker 4125
Jason Friedman Highland Special Ed. 4142
Deborah Garrison Highland Paraeducator 4366
Mary Ann Gawlik Highland Paraeducator 4390
Mary Goff Adler Special Ed. 1154
Kara Graeb Rockland SLP 5114
Kim Henderson Adler Paraeducator 1330
  Butterfield Paraeducator
Bobbe Innes Adler Paraeducator 1341
Laura Johnson Rockland Special Ed. 5316
Becca Kassebaum Butterfield Special Ed.
Jessica Key Highland Special Ed. 4144
Christina Kiotis Highland Special Ed.
Maureen Klus Butterfield Paraeducator
Kristin Kovacek Adler SLP 1155
Carmen Kutsch Butterfield OT
  Copeland OT 3329
  Highland OT 4312
Susan Lacey Adler OT
  Butterfield OT
  Copeland OT
  Rockland OT
Abigail Larson Butterfield Paraeducator
Allison Luka Butterfield Special Ed.
Amy Morales Highland Special Ed. 4174
Nekea Mott Highland SLP 4392
Leslie Mueller Highland Special Ed. 4127
Ruth Nader Rockland Paraeducator 5339
Meriann Negovetich Copeland SpEd/RTI Teacher 3322
Jane Paglini Adler SLP 1317
  Butterfield SLP
  Copeland SLP 3317
  Rockland SLP 5317
Kristi Patterson Butterfield Assistant Principal/EIP Supervisor
Laura Pearson District Office Special Ed. Admin. Assistant 7111
Laura Peterson Highland Paraeducator 4445
Bob Poelking Highland Paraeducator 4332
Margaret Redden Butterfield Paraeducator
Karla Rodriquez Rockland Psychologist 5130
Carrie Ross Highland Social Worker 4126
Elizabeth Ryan Butterfield Paraeducator 4393
Rita Schnarr Adler Psychologist 1111
  Butterfield Psychologist 2112
  Rockland Psychologist 5159
  Early Childhood Psychologist
Leah Shepard Adler Social Worker 1156
Holly Simon Butterfield SLP 2194
Kristi Slack Butterfield Paraeducator
Elisa Smith Adler OT 1312
  Rockland OT 5312
Michelle Smith Highland SLP 4146
Stacy Speer Highland Paraeducator 4385
Dave Thomas Butterfield Psychologist 2111
  Copeland Psychologist 3311
  Rockland Psychologist 5311
Gwen Travelstead Copeland Social Worker 3130
Kristy Treven Copeland Special Ed. 3301
Victoria Vaccaro Copeland SLP
Valerie Van Roeyen Butterfield SLP
  Copeland SLP
Abigayle Vaughan Butterfield Social Worker 2130
Susan Voorhees Highland Paraeducator 4376
Leslie Walsh District Office Psychologist Intern
Maximilian Zbilut Highland SpEd/RTI Teacher 4330
Dana Zucco Butterfield Early Childhood 2324
  Early Childhood Early Childhood 2324