South Orangetown Central School District

Special Education & Pupil Personnel Services

South Orangetown Central School District is committed to supporting every student in achieving his/her/their fullest potential. Special education is integrated into each of the district’s four schools, with a strong focus on placing students with special needs in the least restrictive environment required for them to be successful. Within each school, a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and broad continuum of instructional and related services options support student growth. We work closely with families to build the strong home/school partnerships needed to help students succeed to their fullest potential.

If your child is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. The first step is to contact your child’s teacher or guidance counselor.

NYSED Resources

Graduation Requirements
IEP Implementation
Parent’s Guide: Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21
Procedural Safeguards Notice

Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) & Committee on Special Education (CSE)

In accordance with state law, each Board of Education must appoint a CPSE/CSE to assist it in meeting its responsibilities to students with disabilities. The membership may include the parents of the student, a regular education teacher, a special education teacher or related service provider, a school psychologist, an additional parent member, and a representative of the school district.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view forms posted below in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and may be downloaded free from the Adobe website. Unable to access the forms? Contact Thomas Colgan for CPSE ([email protected] / (845) 680-1057) or Lori Graham for CSE ([email protected] / (845) 680-1024).

Student Health Examination Form
Developmental-Social History Form
Developmental-Social History Update Form

Referrals

A student suspected of having a disability shall be referred in writing to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or the Committee on Special Education (CSE). A parent, teacher or administrator may refer a student to the CPSE or CSE for an evaluation. Referrals should be initiated in writing to the school principal or the Director of Special Education & Pupil Personnel Services Karen A. Tesik, Ed.D.

For general questions, please contact the appropriate building staff.

Social Workers
Jessenia Cursio | (845) 680-1134
Jessica Inglis | (845) 680-1028

Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
Jennifer McCormack

Occupational Therapists
Charlene Ebner-Rankin, OTR
Monica Friedman-Diaz, OTR
Beth Kaplan, COTA

Physical Therapist
Mary Kate O’Callaghan, PTR

School Psychologists
Kaitlin McSwiggan | (845) 680-1368
Brian Galvin| (845) 680-1324

Special Education Team Leader
Heidi Hill | (845) 680-1347

Speech Therapists
TBD | (845) 680-1365
Lori Graham | (845) 680-1381

School Psychologists
Linda King | (845) 680-1554
Sean Jones | (845) 680-1545

Special Education Team Leader
Julia Pocalyko | (845) 680-1502

Speech Therapists
Jean Kane | (845) 680-1587
TBD | (845) 680-1589

School Psychologists
Courtney Malka | (845) 680-1112
Stephen Sawitsky | (845) 680-1023

Special Education Team Leaders
Christa Ann Loughran | (845) 680-1246
Michael Ryan | (845) 680-1246

Speech Therapist
Kristine Condon | (845) 680-1247
Jon Rand |

School Psychologists
Katelin Burns | (845) 680-1613
Beth Jaret | (845) 680-1610

Special Education Team Leader
Diane McLoughlin  | (845) 680-1752

Speech Therapists
Betty Ann Brennan | (845) 680-1754
Jon Rand |

Contact

Special Education & Pupil Personnel Services
160 Van Wyck Road
Blauvelt, NY 10913

Karen A. Tesik, Ed.D.
Interim Director
(845) 680-1025

Lori Graham
CSE Chairperson
(845) 680-1024

Thomas Colgan
CPSE/CSE Chairperson
(845) 680-1057

Lillian Croyle
Principal Clerk
(845) 680-1021

Jackie Garrecht
Principal Clerk
(845) 680-1027

Karen McNee
Clerk Typist
(845) 680-1056

April Radican
Senior Account Clerk Typist
(845) 680-1026