Welcome Back, ISTs!

2014-2015 School Year

Can't believe summer break is over!

Welcome Back! We are excited about the 2014-15 school year. We have great plans for this year.


The Services for Exceptional Children Department experienced some change this summer. We have hired 8 new Instructional Support Teachers, 2 new coordinators, and just recently said goodbye to two staff memebers. Dr. Shazzma Crooks is now an Assistant Principal at Banneker High School and Demetres Barthell is the SEC Program Specialist for the South Learning Community. (see below for updates)


With new staff members, we have fresh ideas and are planning ways to collaborate with and support all schools. We’ll see all of you soon—whether in your schools or at our first IST meeting of the year on August 21.

Services for Exceptional Children Staff Listing

or who's new, who's where and who to contact

Cristy Smith-Executive Director

Amy Penn-Director


Lila Brown-Coordinator of Central Learning Community

Krista Hinton-Coordinator of Northeast Learning Community

Jessie Ivey-Coordinator of Northwest Learning Community

Yolanda Williams-Coordinator of South Learning Community (new addition)

Frances Holt-Coordinator of Compliance/Legal

Tiffany Martin-Coordinator of Compliance/Data

Jennifer DeDuonni-Coordinator of Early Childhood and Vision programs (new addition)

Nancy Erickson-Coordinator of Communication Disorders, Related Services, Audiology, Assistive Technology, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and Orthopedically Impaired programs

Vacant-Coordinator of Intellectual Disabilities and Transition programs

Vacant-Program Specialist for Compliance

Welcome New ISTs!

Services for Exceptional Children welcomes 8 new ISTs to our department this year. Please welcome these individuals serving our schools.


Gepre Henderson-Liberty Point ES

Kristin Williams-Creekside HS

Suzette Payne-Paul D West MS

Monique Taylor-Ison Springs ES/North Springs HS

Marty Cohen-Esther Jackson ES/Mimosa ES

Dana Thompkins-Hillside ES

Megan Ames-Shakerage ES/River Trails MS

Jennifer Butler-Compliance/Data


All new ISTs will be assigned a mentor. The complete listing of mentors and mentees will be provided to each pair. The role of IST mentor is to provide guidance, support, and be available for questions from a new IST. Thank you to all of our IST mentors who give of their time and talents to help build the capacity of others.

Easy IEP Drop In Sessions and Full Trainings

Easy IEP Drop In Sessions

Easy IEP drop in sessions have been scheduled for the first few weeks of school. Teachers may drop in to ask questions and work on IEPs with the support of SEC staff. Drop in sessions will be held at area schools and any teacher from nearby schools are welcome to attend. Please note, drop in sessions are not the equivalent of the 3 hour training course.


Bannker HS: Tuesday, August 5 - 2:00-5:00 pm


Ocee ES: Friday, August 8 - 10:30-11:30 am


Haynes Bridge MS: Thursday, September 4 - 3:30-5:00 pm

Easy IEP Training Sessions

Training sessions for Easy IEP have been scheduled in Edivation(PD360). There will be six date/time options across both north and south locations. These sessions are three hours in length and will cover all aspects of Easy IEP for teachers new to the district. Please make sure all teachers register through Edivation.


North - Professional Learning Center

September 5, 2014 - 8:00 am-12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

September 15, 2014 - 8:00 am-12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

September 17, 2014 - 8:00 am-12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm-4:00 pm


South - Professional Learning Center

August 25, 2014 - 8:00 am-12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

August 27, 2014 - 8:00 am-12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

September 2, 2014 - 8:00 am-12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

KTEA - Revised and Renormed

The KTEA-3 is the newest revised and renormed version of the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement. KTEA-3 kits have been purchased for each IST and will be checked out to each school-based IST later in August.


Training on KTEA-3 will take place on August 21 at the district IST meeting (PLC-North).

Watch your email box.....

for additional information regarding beginning of the year procedures related to 10 day count and segment report due dates