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Student Services

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Welcome to the Department of Special Services where we serve students with identified needs, as well as their families.  Our department evaluates, identifies eligibility and provides services and plans for students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade with unique needs.

Hawthorn School District believes that all students can learn, given appropriate supports and services.  Each child deserves the educational environment in which he or she can be most successful.  We are committed to providing a flexible, full continuum of services for our students with support, modifications and accommodations that best meet the student’s needs.

Student Services Team

Gaby Cervantes

Titles: Bilingual Parent Liasion
Locations: District, Townline Elementary, Hawthorn School of Dual Language, Elementary North, Middle North, Elementary South, Middle South, Aspen Elementary, Lincoln, Hawthorn School for Young Learners
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Alicia Corrigan

Titles: Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
Locations: District
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Debbie Dubin

Titles: Coordinator of Student Services
Locations: District, Townline Elementary, Hawthorn School of Dual Language, Middle South, Lincoln
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Megan Goldman

Titles: Coordinator of Student Services
Locations: Hawthorn School for Young Learners
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Shari Niemesz

Titles: Administrative Assistant to Student Services
Locations: District
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Jaclyn Schwartz

Titles: Coordinator of Student Services
Locations: District, Elementary North, Middle North, Aspen Elementary
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What is Special Education?

Special Education means specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.  This may include special classes, programs, and/or services to help the child progress.  These services are provided to an eligible child at no cost to the parents/guardians.

In order to receive special education services, a student must have a physical or mental disability as identified in the Illinois State Criteria. These qualifying disabilities are:

In addition, a qualifying disability must adversely impact educational progress and require specially designed instruction. It is important to note that not all students with a disability will be eligible for special education services.

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