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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.
Special Education Staff:
Assistive Technology Specialist: Kristina Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Specialist/Assistive Technology: Janet Lewis email@example.com
ARD Facilitator: Paige Boroughs firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Diagnostician: Millye Bailey email@example.com
Educational Diagnostician: Juli Durham firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Diagnostician: Stormi Johnson email@example.com
Educational Diagnostician: Rene Thomason firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Diagnostician: Robin Rose email@example.com
Instructional Coach: Ann Paine firstname.lastname@example.org
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology: Tiffany Wilbourn email@example.com
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Trainee: Kristen Davenport firstname.lastname@example.org
Occupational Therapist: Claire Lierman email@example.com
Paraprofessional to Diagnosticians: Veronica Porras firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Liaison: Freta Parks email@example.com
PEIMS/SERS Clerk: Cathie Thorn firstname.lastname@example.org
Speech Pathologist: Holly Gonzalez email@example.com
Speech Pathologist: Kathy Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Speech Therapy Assistant: Suzie Reyes email@example.com
Speech Therapy Assistant: Lindsey Burton firstname.lastname@example.org
Transition Specialist/VAC: Sherry Villa email@example.com
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:
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.
Anderson Cherokee Community Enrichment Services (ACCESS)
Navigate Life Texas
Texas Parent to Parent
Texas Project First
The Arc of Texas
Child Find(opens PDF document)
Child Find - Español(opens PDF document)
Texas Transition and Employment Guide(opens external link in new window)
ARD Guide(opens PDF document)
ARD Guide - Spanish(opens PDF document)
Procedural Safeguard(opens PDF document)
Procedural Safeguard - Spanish
PISD Dyslexia Plan
Dyslexia Handbook 2018
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