Special Education




Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

is seeking interested community members, parents, and students.

Upcoming Meetings:

Wednesday, April 25th @5pm
SH Clarke Academy, Room 2
2801 Turnpike Road

Wednesday, June 27th @5pm
SH Clarke Academy, Room 2
2801 Turnpike Road



For more info email: Susan Bechtol
susan.bechtol@pps.k12.va.us
with SEAC as the subject.



 



Your Family's Special Education Rights


Parent's Guide to Special Education 
(English)
Guía de Educación Especial para Padres (Spanish)






Office of Special Education & Related Services

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2801 Turnpike Road, Portsmouth VA 23707

(757) 393-8792
(757) 393-5289 (fax)


Dr. Susan Bechtol


Coordinator


Pamela Battle-Hardy


Supervisor

Supports:
James Hurst Elementary
Victory Elementary
New Directions
SECEP


Judith Fagan


Supervisor
Supports:
Douglass Park Elementary
Lakeview Elementary
Simonsdale Elementary
Westhaven Elementary
Autism Special Programs


T
enisha Norvell


Supervisor
Supports:
Hodges Manor
John Tyler
Wilson High


Marcy Pronovost


Supervisor

Supports:
Compliance
Churchland Middle
Churchland High


Jackie Tate


Supervisor

Supports:
Brighton Elementary
Churchland Academy Elementary
Churchland Elementary
Churchland Middle
Churchland Primary & Intermediate
Waters Middle


Lisa Gehring


Program Specialist

Supports:
Churchland PreK
Mt. Hermon PreK
Olive Branch PreK
Child Find


Tomara Carmon-Rogers


Assistive Technology Specialist
 
Supports:
Park View Elementary
IC Norcom High


Nell King


Speech and Itinerant Services Department Head


Tilda Sorensen


Occupational and Physical Therapy Department Head


Tom Byrnes


School Psychology Department Head


Diane Hawkins


School Social Work 
Department Head





Mission of the Office of Special Education:

The PPS Special Education Department in conjunction with the school staff, parents, and community members, supports, mentors, monitors, and motivates for the most inclusive specialized education of all students with disabilities while focusing on excellence for all students. 

The values of the SPED office include:
 integrity, loyalty, teamwork, and professionalism.

We support this mission
through collaboration with teachers, students, parents, and support staff
by providing rigor and relevance in the classroom,
building resilience and capacity in our students and staff,
and developing life-long relationships
that support positive student outcomes.