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Special Education

 

Waxahachie ISD Special Education 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 Education 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 education 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 education 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 Education Department will be destroying folders from students who left the district or graduated in 2011. If anyone would like their student’s folder, please call (972) 923-4638.

 
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
 
Special Education Office Staff
Secretary to the Director: Karen Gentry
PEIMS & Records Administrator: Lisa Hinds
 
Dyslexia Coordinator: TBD
 
Elementary Lead Diagnostician: Ria Michener
 
Secondary Lead Diagnostician: Tracy Goff
 
Lead Speech Therapist: Kayla Miller
 
Transition Specialist: Jenanne Hill
 
Behavior Specialists: Erin Edmondson, Melissa McGuire & Angela Marshall
 
Occupational Therapist: Kourtney East
 
Special Education Counselors: Amber Simpson & Jessica Watson
 
LSSP: Dr. Dinah Graham

Diagnosticians
Clift Elementary – Hollye Hughes
Dunaway Elementary – Amy Piland
Felty Elementary – Jane Medrano
Marvin Elementary – Amy Lozier
Northside Elementary – Amy Lozier
Shackelford Elementary – Esther Garcia
Turner PK Academy – Jane Medrano & Ria Michener
Wedgeworth – Amy Piland & Esther Garcia
Wilemon STEAM Academy – Jessica Cisneros
Coleman Junior High – Melanie Ferguson & Tracy Goff
Finley Junior High – Jessica Cisneros
Howard Junior High – TBD
Waxahachie High School – Lauren Hargrave & Tracy Goff
Waxahachie HS of Choice – Lauren Hargrave & Tracy Goff
Waxahachie Global HS – Lauren Hargrave & Tracy Goff

Speech Therapists/Speech Therapists Assistants
Clift Elementary – Abby Kelso & Ellen Stelzer
Dunaway Elementary – Chanan Townsend
Felty Elementary – Kayla Miller
Marvin Elementary – Cynthia Streicher & Meredith Gonzalez
Northside Elementary – BJ Ishmael
Shackelford Elementary – Cynthia Herron
Turner PK Academy – Laura Horodnyckye
Wedgeworth Elementary – Jennifer Oliver
Wilemon STEAM Academy – Cindy Herron & Meredith Gonzalez
Coleman Junior High – BJ Ishmael & Kayla Miller
Finley Junior High – Jennifer Oliver & Meredith Gonzalez
Howard Junior High – Kayla Miller & Erika Allen
Waxahachie High School – Abby Kelso
Waxahachie High School of Choice – Abby Kelso
Waxahachie Global HS – Ellen Stelzer

Dyslexia Therapists:
District-wide Testing- Kay Reid
Clift Elementary – Ashley Mendoza
Dunaway Elementary – Kaley Morrow
Felty Elementary – Melanie Wells
Marvin Elementary – Suzanne Laviolette
Northside Elementary – Roxanne Meche
Shackelford Elementary – Stephanie Rodriguez
Wedgeworth – Torre Smith
Wilemon STEAM Academy – Erin Wharton
Coleman Junior High – Lori Moore & Sherri Nelson
Finley Junior High – Sherri Nelson
Howard Junior High – Lori Moore
Waxahachie High School – Melanie Wells