Special Education

Sallie Sutherland, Director
300 Sherrouse Avenue
Monroe, LA   71203

Phone:   (318) 388-3747, x5201
Fax:       (318) 387-2090

IEP Facilitators     
Thea Burrell, x4831
Sharon Frith, x5217
Carolyn Long, x5224
Cindy Pucheu, x4849
Rochelle Williams, x5212


Occupational Therapist
Mark Sharbono, x5228

Speech Language Pathologists
Kimberly Barr, x4312


Speech Therapy/Assistive Technology Coordinator
Sandra Thornton, x5233

Transition Coordinator
Thea Burrell, x4831 
Debra Wesley, Pupil Appraisal Coordinator, x5236

Educational Diagnosticians
Stacy Spires, x5213
Jan Bower, x5219
Audrey Moore, x5225
Celeste Carter, x5223

School Psychologists     
Rayne Adams, x5207
Robin Cohenour, x5210
Pamela Smith, x5230
Laura Maciaszek, x5216
Tammy Cole, x5211
Carey Day, x4575

School Social Workers     
Victoria Wallace, x5232
Michelle Triplett, x5235

Role
Special Education is committed to providing young children and eligible students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education consistent with federal and state laws. Individual special education programs are cooperatively developed by an individual education planning (IEP) team which includes parents, teachers, and administrators and, when appropriate, other specialists. These teams make every effort to provide the appropriate special education program to children in a setting as close to the regular classroom as possible.

Services

  • Adaptive Physical Education Services - delivers an effective, well rounded program based on the individual needs of the student. The program combines the most practical and successful methods that the Louisiana education system as a whole has to offer, while at the same time, keeping these services within the framework of the least restrictive environment. The instructional activities can be taught in the adapted physical education class, regular or inclusive physical education class or community based setting.

  • Early Childhood Special Education Services - provides services to over 100 children with special needs between the ages of three and five years old. If your child has difficulty doing what other children his/her age do, such as talking, moving about, following simple directions and/or playing with and responding to others, you might be interested in an evaluation for your child. The evaluation will reveal whether or not your child is eligible to receive special services such as special instruction, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy or adapted physical education. If you would like to speak with our evaluation coordinator, please call Robin Cohenour at 388-3747, extension 5210.

  • Gifted and Talented - provides gifted and talented students with an array of opportunities to meet a variety of needs. Gifted and talented education is an opportunity for students to discover themselves and the world around them. These classes offer exciting and challenging experiences that enhance creativity and complex thinking abilities. Teachers expose students to accelerated and enriching topics, intrinsically motivating children to grow in their academic and artistic knowledge. Although many students are screened and tested through teacher recommendations and scores on standardized tests, any parent wishing to have his or her child screened for one or both of these programs may contact the Office of Student Support Services. The program coordinator, Janet Maxwell, may be contacted at 388-3747, x5229.

  • Hearing Impaired Services - provides services for students with hearing impairments at all grade levels. The program is based at Sallie Humble Elementary, Lee Junior High, and Neville High School. Certified teachers, with the assistance of interpreters, offer academic assistance to students who have been diagnosed deaf or hard of hearing, enhancing the students’ classroom experiences and educational progress.

  • Pupil Appraisal Services - assists students who have academic, behavioral, and/or communication challenges, adjustment difficulties, or other special needs which are adversely impacting the student’s education.

  • Supplemental Services - provides speech therapy for students with communication disorders. These disorders include:  articulation (sound production), language (sentence structure, understanding and responding to questions, etc.), fluency (repetition of sounds, words or phrases) and voice (i.e. chronic hoarseness).  A speech language evaluation is provided through the Office of Student Support Services in accordance with state and federal guidelines. Students with motor deficits have the benefit of Occupational and Physical Therapies. Screening and evaluation are provided through the Office of Student Support Services in accordance with state and federal guidelines. For more information contact Sandra Thornton, Program Facilitator at 388-3747 ext. 5233.

  • Transition Services - provided for IDEA students age fifteen and older. It is a coordinated set of activities involving students, schools, parents, outside agencies, and the community. The purpose of transition is to encourage students and parents to think about the future. Individual Education Plans (IEP) include a Transition page that addresses instruction, related services, community experiences, employment, post-school adult living objectives, and when appropriate, daily living skills and functional vocation evaluation provided by the school and local agencies. The Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) requires that students sixteen and older complete the Transition Post School Data Collection Form when exiting the school system with teacher assistance. The LDE also requires that students be surveyed one year after exiting the school system and again three years after exiting. The Region Eight Transition Core Team meets monthly with local school districts and agencies. Secondary students are provided with a directory of public agencies. A service provider seminar is conducted annually for students, parents, and guardians in which each agency reviews the services that are available locally.

  • Visually Impaired Services - Participating students are provided support services with parental permission. Our program provides materials, direct teaching, and consultative services to visually impaired students and their teachers. The goal is to assist in developing a realistic program that will serve the totally blind, legally blind, and partially sighted students so that they may actively participate in the general curriculum with non-disabled students. If a student has a disability which meets the definition of one of Visually Impaired enumerated in the statute, and as a result needs special education and related services, that student is eligible to have those services provided at no cost to the parents.