Special Education

35 Fifth Street, Derby, CT 06418
(203) 736-5046

Child Find Notice

State Procedural Safeguards

Spread the Word to End the Word

Parent Notification of Laws Regarding Seclusion and Restraint in the Public Schools

Parent's Guide to Special Education in Connecticut

IEP Manual and Forms

Building A Bridge - A Resource manual for High School Students

Transition Bill of Rights (English version)

Transition Bill of Rights (Spanish Version)

The mission of the department is to strengthen the capacity of Derby's special education students and their families to access and acquire a Free Appropriate Education, FAPE. Our system ensures that all identified students, ages 3-21, have equal access to developmentally appropriate, individually designed, least restrictive and integrated service delivery models that:

  • foster student independence,
  • develop socially appropriate behaviors,
  • deliver services in natural settings
    • Least Restrictive Environment, (LRE)

  • build mutual respect, and
  • educate students to their maximum potential.

Upon referral, Derby's Special Education department evaluates student needs and eligibility for services. Programs are designed to accomplish desired outcomes in each of the developmental domains; cognitive/academic, social/emotional, communication, fine/gross motor, adaptive/activities of daily living, and pre-vocational/vocational skill areas. Children receive services and supports during the length of the eligibility period as defined by their Individual Educational Plans, IEPs.

Progress is measured through curriculum based assessment, standardized tests utilizing national norms, CMT scores, teacher designed assessment tools, etc. Federal and state mandates regulate the day to day operation of the Derby programs.

Marie Adams
Little Raiders University
PreK
Teacher
Email

Kenya Barrett
Central Office
Special Education
Admistrative Assistant
Email

Elise Chambers
Irving School
Learning Center
Teacher
Email

Alison Conway
Little Raiders University
PreK
Early Childhood Education Director
Email

Michelle Demore
Irving School
Special Education
Teacher
Email

Tracy Dyson
Little Raiders University
PreK
PK Techer
Email

Eliana Echeverry
Derby High School
Derby Middle School
Irving School
Little Raiders University
Special Education
Speech/Language Department
Speech & Language
Email

Katelyn Epifano
Derby Middle School
Special Education
Teacher
Email

Michelle Estrella
Irving School
Special Education
Teacher
Email

Debbie Howard
Derby High School
Special Education
Teacher
Email

Donna Kalafut
Little Raiders University
PreK
Paraprofessional
Email

Elizabeth Kirschbaum
Derby Middle School
Special Education
Teacher
Email

Mr. Dan Landino
Bradley School
Special Education
Speech/Language Department
Speech/Language Pathologist
Email

Karen Marrone
Bradley School
Special Education
Teacher
Email

Patricia Martin
Derby High School
Special Education
Teacher
Email

Stephanie Mazer
Irving School
Special Education
Tutor
Braille Tutor
Email

Antoinette Oldakowski
Little Raiders University
PreK
Teacher
Email

Michelle Peluso
Derby Middle School
Special Education
Teacher
Email

Victoria Rossi
Bradley School
Special Education
Teacher
Email

Cassandra Sardo
Derby High School
Special Education
Teacher
Email

Mrs. Shelley Sheridan
Bradley School
Derby High School
Derby Middle School
Irving School
Little Raiders University
Administration
Special Education
Special Education Director
Email

Ms. Karen Szilvasy
Irving School
Special Education
Teacher
gr 3-5
Email

Ms. Amy Tancreti
Bradley School
Special Education
Teacher
Email
Mrs. Mary Jane Tokash
Irving School
Special Education
Teacher
gr K-2
Email
Nicole Tomaschik
Bradley School
Occupational Therapy
Special Education
Occupational Therapist
Email

 

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