About the Special Services Department
Photo of Dr. Christian Otto Welcome to District 70's Special Services page. The Special Services 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. This department is also responsible for the development and implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) and gifted and enrichment programming, and for maintaining data regarding homeless, home-schooled, and private school students.

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
Rane Anderson Copeland Paraeducator
Mara Battaglia Highland Social Worker 4124
Kelly Blahnik Rockland Special Ed. 5158
Nancy Bleck Butterfield Paraeducator
Dennis Busic Highland Paraeducator
Mary Conn Copeland Paraeducator
Ashley Crown Highland Psychologist 4141
Lindsey Cukier Adler Psychologist
  Copeland Psychologist
Casie Derose Butterfield SLP
Kathy Dierckens Butterfield Special Ed.
Alexis Edelstein Butterfield Social Worker
Chris Edwards Highland Paraeducator
Carla Engstrom Highland Paraeducator
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
Mary Ann Gawlik Highland Paraeducator
Mary Goff Adler Special Ed. 1154
Monica Goldberg Adler OT
  Butterfield OT
  Copeland OT
Kara Graeb Rockland SLP 5114
Kim Henderson Butterfield Paraeducator
Bobbe Innes Adler Paraeducator
Kim Jenkins Butterfield Special Ed.
Becca Kassebaum Butterfield Special Ed.
Jessica Key Highland Special Ed. 4144
Christina Kiotis Highland Special Ed.
Maureen Klus Copeland Paraeducator
Kristin Kovacek Adler SLP 1155
Carmen Kutsch Butterfield OT
  Copeland OT
  Highland OT
Cynthia Locke Rockland Social Worker
Allison Luka Highland SpEd/RTI Teacher
Maria Monahan Rockland Paraeducator
Amy Morales Highland Special Ed. 4174
Kristin Morden Copeland Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment
Nekea Mott Highland SLP
Leslie Mueller Highland Special Ed. 4127
Lisa Muller Highland Paraeducator
Ruth Nader Rockland Paraeducator
Meriann Negovetich Copeland SpEd/RTI Teacher
Laurie Neir Highland Paraeducator
Marilou Overton Adler Paraeducator
Jane Paglini Adler SLP
  Butterfield SLP
  Copeland SLP
  Rockland SLP
Laura Peterson Highland Paraeducator
Maddie Policht Highland Paraeducator
Conna Rech Butterfield Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment
Margaret Redden Butterfield Paraeducator
Carrie Ross Highland Social Worker 4126
Michelle Salm Rockland Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment 5122
Rita Schnarr Butterfield Psychologist
  Early Childhood Psychologist
Leah Shepard Adler Social Worker 1156
Holly Simon Butterfield SLP
Kristi Slack Butterfield Paraeducator
Elisa Smith Adler OT
Elisa Smith Butterfield Paraeducator
Elisa Smith Butterfield OT
  Rockland OT
Michelle Smith Highland SLP 4146
Stacy Speer Highland Paraeducator
Dave Thomas Rockland Psychologist
Gwen Travelstead Copeland Social Worker 3130
Kristy Treven Copeland Special Ed. 3161
Mary Tyree District Office Special Ed. Admin. Assistant 7111
Victoria Vaccaro Copeland SLP
Valerie Van Roeyen Butterfield SLP
  Copeland SLP
Priya Varghese Highland Gifted
Abigayle Vaughan Butterfield Social Worker 2130
Susan Voorhees Highland Paraeducator
Emily Weber Adler Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment
Laura Williams Rockland Special Ed. 5158
Maximilian Zbilut Highland Special Ed.
Dana Zucco Butterfield Early Childhood 2131
  Early Childhood Early Childhood 2131