Welcome to the Special Education Department

In accordance with IDEA-2004, each special needs school-age child has the right to an appropriate and individualized educational program. Eligibility for special education services is dependent on 1) an inability to progress effectively in a regular educational program and 2) a need for special education intervention because of temporary or more permanent adjustment difficulties or attributes arising from intellectual, sensory, emotional or physical factors, cerebral dysfunctions, perceptual factors, or other specific learning disabilities, or any combination of the above.

When there is a concern about a child’s performance in school, a referral for an evaluation can be made by school personnel, parents/guardians, judicial officer, social worker, family physician or by the child. Referrals are made to the guidance counselor or building principal.

On the basis of referral concerns and questions, an evaluation will be conducted by trained personnel in those areas (such as reading, mathematics, cognition, etc.) agreed upon by members of the evaluation TEAM, which includes parents/guardians. If a child is found to have special needs which cannot be adequately met within regular education, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) must be developed and signed by parents/guardians before a child can begin to receive special education services. The Special Education Department at the middle school provides a range of services to meet the individual needs of students. These services include:

  • Supporting the performance of students in regular education classes
  • Providing consultation to regular education teachers around curriculum modification or behavior management techniques
  • Small group remedial instruction or academic support in the Learning Center
  • A┬ácounseling group designed to address the affective, social and personal development of students
  • Speech and language services, and occupational therapy services

These services are specifically prescribed for a student at the recommendation of all members of the Evaluation TEAM. The progress of each student is regularly reviewed at an annual meeting convened by the Case Manager assigned to the student. In addition, every three years a student receives a reevaluation in those same areas assessed previously. At every step of the process, parental consent and involvement is mandatory. For more specific information concerning special education services, contact Special Education at Ripley @ 978-341-2490 x8105 or x8106.

Resources

Staff

Peter Baldrachi

House 3, Special Education
pbaldrachi@concordps.org

Case Manager
Peabody

Suzanne Chapin

House 2, Special Education
schapin@concordps.org

Case Manager
Peabody

Brendon Egan

House 4, Special Education

Case Manager
Sanborn

Karen Heinemann

Karin Heinemann

House 1, Special Education
kheinemann@concordps.org

Case Manager
Peabody

Louanne Mackenzie

Special Education
lmackenzie@concordps.org

Speech Pathologist
Peabody and Sanborn

Tom McKnight

House 5, Mathematics, Special Education
tmcknight@concordps.org

Case Manager
Sanborn

Larissa Vincent

House 6, Special Education
lvincent@concordps.org

Case Manager
Sanborn

Rakesh Bhol

Special Education

Tutor
Sanborn

Kathy Caro

Special Education

Tutor
Peabody and Sanborn

Janet Cowley

Special Education

Tutor
Sanborn

Jobie Fagans

Special Education

Tutor
Peabody

Debra Jemison

Special Education

Metco Tutor
Sanborn

George Lewis

Special Education

Tutor
Peabody

Michael Logue

Special Education

Tutor/Lunch Monitor
Peabody

Elizabeth Martin

Special Education

Tutor
Sanborn

Maureen Murphy-Baker

Special Education

Tutor
Peabody

Kathy Peebles

Special Education

Tutor
Peabody

Dyan Pollock

Special Education

Tutor
Sanborn

Sarah Pozmanter

Special Education

Tutor
Peabody

Elaine Rhatigan

Special Education

Tutor
Peabody

Victoria Rowe

Special Education

Tutor
Sanborn

Matthew Cadigan

Special Education
mcadigan@concordps.org

School Psychologist
Peabody and Sanborn