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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: Victoria Mayberry , firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Specialist: Janet Lewis, email@example.com
ARD Facilitator: Paige Boroughs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Diagnostician: Kristina Anderson, email@example.com
Educational Diagnostician: Millye Bailey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Diagnostician: Angela Fitzgerald, email@example.com
Educational Diagnostician: Andi Howie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Diagnostician: Robin Rose, email@example.com
Educational Diagnostician: Rene Thomason, firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Diagnostician: Shelly Nunley email@example.com
Instructional Coach: Nicole Carroll, firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructional Coach: Ann Paine, email@example.com
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology:
Licensed Master Social Worker: Holly Nealy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Occupational Therapist: Lindsey Mitchell, email@example.com
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant: Stephanie Atkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paraprofessional to Diagnosticians: Bianca Guitz, email@example.com
Paraprofessional to Diagnosticians: Minerba Estrada Galvan, 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 Pathologist: Lareen Chonzena, email@example.com
Speech Pathologist: Ellen Cleveland firstname.lastname@example.org
Speech Therapy Assistant: Susie Reyes, email@example.com
Transition Specialist/VAC: Sherry Villa, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Destruction of Special Education Files Notice:
Special Education records that have been collected by the Palestine Independent School District (PISD) related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of Special Education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for a period of five years after Special Education services have ended for the student. Special Education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, completes his or her educational program at age 22, or moves from the district.
This notice is to inform parents/guardians and former students of PISD’s intent to destroy the Special Education records of students who are no longer receiving Special Education services as of May 21, 2021. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible adult student notifies the school district to secure a copy of their records.
After five years, the records are no longer needed by the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for Social Security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible adult student may request the records in writing or in person at the following address:
Palestine Special Education Department
1007 East Park Avenue
Palestine, Texas 75801
Request for records must be received by May 1, 2021
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
Web Accessibility Statement
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