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Welcome to Special Education

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. 

Special Ed Director Dee Dietz
Director:  Dee Dietz
Administrative Assistant:  Kay Hill  


Autism Specialist/Assistive Technology: Janet Lewis
Educational Diagnostician: Millye Bailey
Educational Diagnostician: Juli Durham
Educational Diagnostician: Stormi Johnson
Educational Diagnostician: Rene Thomason
Instructional Coach: Ann Paine
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology: Tiffany Wilbourn
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Intern: Kristen Davenport
Occupational Therapist: Claire Lierman
Paraprofessional to Diagnosticians: Stephanie Hernandez
Parent Liaison: Freta Parks
PEIMS/SERS Clerk: Cathie Thorn
Speech Pathologist: Rebecca May
Speech Pathologist: Kathy Williams
Speech Therapy Assistant: Katie Campbell
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

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act includes the Child Find mandate. Child Find requires all school districts to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. This obligation to identify all children who may need special education services exists even if the school is not providing special education services to the child.  If you know a child who may be in need of special education services, click the link below to download the Region VII “Child Find” brochure, which provides additional pertinent information on identifying students who may qualify for special education services.

As part of the Child Find Process, PISD provides evaluations for children that are pre-school age (3-5), and ages 0-5 for children with visual and/or auditory difficulties. Children may be referred for evaluation by their parents/guardians, the local ECI agency, or their pediatrician/physician.

As a part of the PISD Child Find Process, students with learning difficulties who live and/or attend school within district boundaries, may be referred for a special education evaluation by their campus Response To Intervention (RTI) team. Students may be referred to their campus RTI team for referral consideration by the classroom teacher, parent, or other professionals who have knowledge of the student.

A designated representative of the campus RTI team is responsible for contacting the PISD Special Education administrative office thereby initiating a special education referral for evaluation. Parent permission for evaluation is required as well as information from the student’s current teacher(s), parents, and other referring staff.  Students may be referred for evaluation directly by their parents/guardians.

A Comprehensive Individual Evaluation will be completed within 45 school days from receipt of a signed parent consent to evaluate form, followed by an Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meeting to review the evaluation. The ARD Committee, which includes the parent, will determine if a student is eligible for Special Education services, develop an Individual Education Plan for an eligible student and determine service/placement needs.

Referrals for non-public school students are made through the special education office. Referral data includes information from parents/guardians and the private or parochial school, when appropriate.

Parent Resources

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Disability Rights

Navigate Life Texas

Parent Companion  

Partners Texas

Texas Parent to Parent

Texas Project First


The Arc of Texas

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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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