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
Stacy Adams Butterfield Paraeducator
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
Judy Bergman Butterfield Paraeducator
Amy Blank Butterfield Special Ed.
Nancy Bleck Butterfield Paraeducator
Nathaniel Brautigam Highland Paraeducator
Jennifer Bullington Highland Paraeducator
Rita Byrne Butterfield Psychologist
  Early Childhood Psychologist
Ashley Crown Highland Psychologist 4141
Lindsey Cukier Copeland Psychologist
Analiese Deflorio Highland Special Ed.
Casie Derose Butterfield SLP
Madeline DeRose Early Childhood Paraeducator
Kathy Dierckens Butterfield Special Ed.
Alexis Edelstein Butterfield Social Worker
Carla Engstrom Highland Paraeducator
Lisa Entin Butterfield SLP
Crysta Esser Butterfield Special Ed.
Marissa Farley Highland Social Worker 4125
Dena Ferdinand Adler Paraeducator
Jason Friedman Highland Special Ed. 4142
Matthew Friello Copeland Paraeducator
Lindsey Fry Highland SLP
Alex Garrison Highland Paraeducator
Deborah Garrison Highland Paraeducator
Mary Ann Gawlik Highland Paraeducator
Mary Goff Adler Special Ed. 1154
Monica Goldberg Adler OT
  Butterfield OT
  Copeland OT
  Rockland OT
Kara Graeb Rockland SLP 5114
Donna Hegwood Butterfield Paraeducator
Kim Henderson Butterfield Paraeducator
Kim Jenkins Butterfield Special Ed.
Bonnie Jones Highland SpEd/RTI Teacher
Becca Kassebaum Butterfield Special Ed.
Jessica Key Highland Special Ed. 4144
Maureen Klus Copeland Paraeducator
Barbara Koch Copeland Paraeducator
Katie Koch Butterfield Paraeducator
Skyler Koch Copeland Paraeducator
Kristin Kovacek Adler SLP 1155
Nikki Krissoff Rockland Paraeducator
Carmen Kutsch Butterfield OT
  Highland OT
Cynthia Locke Highland Social Worker
Chris Lueder Butterfield Paraeducator
Allison Luka Highland SpEd/RTI Teacher 4128
Michelle McCorry Copeland Paraeducator
Maria Monahan Butterfield Paraeducator
Amy Morales Highland Special Ed. 4174
Kristin Morden Copeland Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment
Leslie Mueller Highland Special Ed. 4127
Lisa Muller Highland Paraeducator
Ruth Nader Rockland Paraeducator
Laurie Neir Highland Paraeducator
Tiffany Nemuras Highland Paraeducator
Dana Ori Butterfield Early Childhood 2131
  Early Childhood Early Childhood 2131
Marilou Overton Adler Paraeducator
Jane Paglini Butterfield Early Childhood
  Early Childhood SLP
Danielle Pesovic-Schmidt Rockland Paraeducator
Laura Peterson Highland Paraeducator
Jorie Pinsof Butterfield Early Childhood
Lauren Raphael Butterfield Social Worker
Conna Rech Butterfield Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment
Margaret Redden Butterfield Paraeducator
Rianna Roos Rockland SpEd/RTI Teacher
Carrie Ross Highland Social Worker 4126
Michelle Salm Rockland Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment 5122
Salma Sanchez Highland Paraeducator
Sehar Siddiqui Adler Psychologist
Holly Simon Butterfield SLP
Kristi Slack Butterfield Paraeducator
Elisa Smith Adler OT
  Butterfield OT
Madeline Smith Butterfield SLP
  Copeland SLP
Michelle Smith Highland SLP 4146
Janine Sorboro Rockland Paraeducator
Stacy Speer Highland RTI
Kristy Trausch Copeland Special Ed. 3161
Gwen Travelstead Copeland Social Worker 3130
Mary Tyree District Office Special Ed. Admin. Assistant 7111
Victoria Vaccaro Copeland SLP
Jessica Van Roeyen Copeland Paraeducator
Valerie Van Roeyen Butterfield SLP
Priya Varghese Highland Gifted
Michelle Vertanen Rockland Psychologist
Susan Voorhees Highland Paraeducator
Kelsey Waggoner Copeland SpEd/RTI Teacher
Andrea Walsh Butterfield Paraeducator
Emily Weber Adler Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment
Laura Williams Rockland Special Ed. 5158
Linda Willms Copeland Paraeducator
Maximilian Zbilut Highland Special Ed.
Sarah Zovistoski Rockland Paraeducator