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Welcome to Special Education
Dee Deitz

Palestine ISD Special Education provides specially designed instruction developed to support students with special education disabilities. The intent of the support services is to enable students to make progress in the general curriculum, to participate in extracurricular and nonacademic activities, and to be educated and participate with non-disabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate. 

Director:  Dee Dietz
Administrative Assistant:  Kay Hill 


Special Education Staff:

Assistive Technology Specialist: Kristina Anderson
Autism Specialist/Assistive Technology: Janet Lewis
ARD Facilitator: Paige Boroughs
Educational Diagnostician: Millye Bailey
Educational Diagnostician: Juli Durham
Educational Diagnostician: Stormi Johnson
Educational Diagnostician: Rene Thomason
Educational Diagnostician: Robin Rose
Instructional Coach: Ann Paine
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology: Tiffany Wilbourn
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Trainee: Kristen Davenport
Occupational Therapist: Claire Lierman
Paraprofessional to Diagnosticians: Veronica Porras
Parent Liaison: Freta Parks
PEIMS/SERS Clerk: Cathie Thorn
Speech Pathologist: Holly Gonzalez
Speech Pathologist: Kathy Williams
Speech Therapy Assistant: Suzie Reyes
Speech Therapy Assistant: Lindsey Burton
Transition Specialist/VAC: Sherry Villa

Office: PISD Administration Office, 1007 East Park Avenue.
Phone: 903-731-8033
Hours: 8 - 4:30 Monday through Thursday, 8 - 4 on Fridays
Summer hours: 7 - 5 Monday through Thursday


Child Find

    Palestine Independent School District is ready, willing and able to identify and serve all children with disabilities residing within its jurisdiction who are in need of special education and related services.  The district is responsible for identifying, locating, and evaluating children from birth through age 21, with known or suspected disabilities who reside in and/or attend school within the school district’s boundaries to determine whether a need for special education and related services exists. Child Find includes children who reside in group or nursing homes and/or who attend private or homeschools within the district’s boundaries regardless of place of residence.

    Any community member who is concerned with the welfare of a child may participate in the Child Find process. Child Find accepts referrals for children who may have a disability. Parent involvement and agreement is obtained prior to any further action. Information is confidential and the privacy of the child and parents is protected. Should an assessment be required, it is provided at no cost to the parent.  If you suspect or know of a child who has one or more of the following disabilities, please contact our offices.

    Special Education Services are available to eligible students ages 0-21 who may be experiencing difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

  • Auditory Impairment
  • Autism
  • Deaf/Blind
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Non-Categorical
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Health Impairment
  • Speech and/or Language
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment


    Palestine ISD provides a full continuum of services for students who are eligible for special education. Services are carefully designed for the successful implementation of the each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). The intent of services is to enable students to make progress in the general curriculum, to participate in extracurricular and nonacademic activities and to be educated and participate with non-disabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate. Based on the individual needs of the student with disabilities, specially designed instruction is outlined in the IEP.

    Services, at no cost, are available to all eligible individuals regardless of the severity of their disability. For more information contact the Palestine ISD Special Education office at 903-731.8033.

Our Mission...
The Mission of Palestine Independent School District is to foster relationships that Excite, Engage, and Empower our students and community to achieve Excellence.

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