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Special Populations

 

Waxahachie ISD Special Populations Department believes in the philosophy that ALL CHILDREN CAN LEARN. Efforts to fulfill this statement are reflected by the many services provided for students with disabilities, ages 3 through 21; and beginning at birth for those with auditory and visual disabilities. A continuum of instructional settings for special needs may be found on each campus.
 

Special Populations is defined as special services provided by special and general education personnel to meet the individualized needs of students with documented disabilities.

To be eligible for special populations services, the student must be between the ages of 3 and 21 (from birth for AI or VI). The student must have documentation of one or more of the disabilities listed above. Also, the student must have an educational need that requires special education supports and services.

Federal law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, (IDEIA), lists 13 different disability categories under which a student may be eligible for services. The disability must affect the student's educational performance to the extent that special education services are required. The disability categories listed in IDEIA are:

  • Auditory Impairment (AI)
  • Autism (AU)
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance (ED)
  • Intellectual Disability (ID)
  • Multiple disabilities 
  • Non-Categorical Early Childhood (NCEC)
  • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
  • Other Health Impairment (OHI)
  • Specific Learning Disability (LD)
  • Speech or Language Impairment (SLD)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)


To be eligible for special populations services, the student must be between the ages of 3 and 21 (from birth for AI or VI). The student must have documentation of one or more of the disabilities listed above. Also, the student must have an educational need that requires special education supports and services.

NOTICE: The Special Populations Department will be destroying folders from students who left the district or graduated in 2012. If anyone would like their student’s folder, please call (972) 923-4638.

 

MEET THE TEAM

 
Audrey Thomas
Director of Special Education
1000 US Hwy. 77 North
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
(972) 923-4638 (Phone)
(972) 923-4663 (Fax)
athomas@wisd.org
 
Brandy Pustejovsky
Assistant Director of Special Education
 
Dr. Sarah Holman
Dyslexia Coordinator
 
Secretary to the Director: Karen Gentry
PEIMS & Records Administrator: Lisa Hinds
 
Elementary Lead Diagnostician: Ria Michener
 
Lead Speech Pathologist: Kayla Miller
 
Transition Specialist: Jenanne Hill
 
Behavior Specialists: Erin Edmondson, Melissa McGuire & Keesha Williams
 
Occupational Therapist: Kourtney East & Belinda Barker
 
Special Education Counselors: Amber Simpson & Kristi Slate
 
LSSP: Dr. Dinah Graham

2019-2020 WISD Special Populations Campus Assignments

 
CAMPUS DIAGNOSTICIAN SLP
DYSLEXIA
THERAPIST
BEHAVIOR
SPECIALIST
SPED COUNSELOR
(LCP)
Waxahachie HS
Tracy Goff
Lauren Hargrave +
(18 Plus Elevate & Global)
TBD
Jennifer Oliver Melanie Wells Keesha Williams Kristi Slate
Global HS Tracy Goff Jennifer Oliver n/a n/a Amber Simpson
HSOC TBD n/a n/a Keesha Williams Kristi Slate
Coleman JH Melanie Ferguson BJ Ishmael Torre Smith Keesha Williams Amber Simpson
Finley JH
Jessica Cisneros + 
Testing support Marvin/Wilemon
Jennifer Oliver
Meredith Gonzalez
(T/TH)
Sherri Nelson Keesha Williams Kristi Slate
Howard JH
Brittany Peterson +
Testing support Northside
Alexa Kelly
(contract)
Lori Moore
Keesha Williams
Mel McGuire
Kristi Slate
Clift Elementary
Jane Medrano +
Testing support Shack/Felty
Dava Reynolds
(contract)
Erin Wharton Erin Edmondson Amber Simpson
Dunaway Elementary Amy Piland Chanan Townsend
Eloisa Rodriguez 
(Year 1)
Ashley Mendoza
(Year 2)
Erin Edmondson Amber Simpson
Felty Elementary Ashton McGee
Kayla Miller +
(Private school evals/Testing support)
Julie Rogers (Year 1)
Kaley Morrow (Year 2)
Mel McGuire Amber Simpson
Marvin Elementary Amy Lozier
Alexa Kelly
(contract)
Suzanne Laviolette Erin Edmondson Amber Simpson
Northside Elementary Amy Piland BJ Ishmael Roxanne Meche Erin Edmondson Amber Simpson
Shackelford Elementary Ashton McGee
Cynthia Heron + 
Testing support at Clift
Stephanie Rodriguez Mel McGuire Kristi Slate
Wilemon STEAM Academy Amy Lozier Ellen Stelzer (M/W/F) + Wedgeworth (T/TH)
Ashley Mendoza (Year 2)
Eloisa Rodriguez (Year 1)
Erin Edmondson Kristi Slate
Wedgeworth Elementary
Esther Garcia + 
(Bilingual evals)
Alyson Hopper
Ellen Stelzer (T/TH)
Kaley Morrow (Year 2)
Julie Rogers (Year 1)
Mel McGuire Amber Simpson
Turner Pre-K Rebecca Spencer
Caitlin Bates
Meredith Gonzales (M/W/F)
n/a Mel McGuire