McCulloch Intermediate School / Highland Park Middle School

Special Education Department

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 


Campus Staff:

Coordinator: 
  • Brandy Pustejovsky - HPMS Special Education Coordinator

Teachers:

 
Speech Language Pathologist: 
  • Betsy Hardy
 
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology for HPMS and MIS:  
  • Lauren Morgan - grades 5-7
  • Andrea Webb - grade 8
 
Educational Diagnostician for HPMS and MIS:
  • Linda Ault
 
Instructional Assistants:
  • Ricki Carrington
  • Martha Carter
  • Kendra Davis
  • Lauren Eisenbeck
  • Kelly Fleming
  • Janice Foster
  • Anthony Kemp
  • Patricia Langley
  • Janet Melton
  • Lindsay Perry
  • Allen Phillips
  • Savannah Vardell
  • Piper Walton
  • Diane Zei
 
District Staff who serve HPMS:
Assistive Technology: Amanda Rutherford
Autism & Behavior Specilaist: Amanda Ohlenburg
Occupational Therapist: Amee Patel
Physical Therapist: Lydia Boudreaux
Adapted Physical Education: Jennifer Garrison
Music Therapy: Judith "Darlene" Grillot
Teacher of the Visually Impaired: Scarlett Bayard
Teacher of the Auditory Impaired: Paula Marsh
Orientation & Mobility Specialist: Scott Turner
 
 

Department Goals:
The MIS/HPMS Special Education Department is committed to being life-long learners.  We are dedicated to forming positive partnerships with parents and students.

Who's Who:
 
Monitoring Teachers:                  
Every student who receives special education services has a monitoring teacher, who is the parent’s primary point of contact for questions or concerns about your child’s education. Your child’s monitoring teacher is very familiar with his or her accommodations and IEP and is responsible for tracking your child’s progress and updating IEP goals and objectives each grading period.  Your monitoring teacher communicates with other general and special education staff to stay informed about progress and what’s going on in the classroom at the times that he or she is not there.  Your child’s monitoring teacher may be a teacher that provides in class support, a fundamentals teacher, a positive behavior support teacher, or a speech-language pathologist.  Your child’s monitoring teacher will be the person who attends your child’s ARDs.
 
 In Class Support Teachers:
In Class Support (ICS) teachers support students in the general education classroom.  ICS teachers help monitor and deliver accommodations and modifications in the general education curriculum and setting.  ICS teachers may provide direct instruction in study and/or organizational skills.
 
 Fundamentals Teachers:
Students receive direct academic instruction in a special education setting from Fundamentals teachers.  Fundamentals teachers teach a modified curriculum and are responsible for grade reporting for each student in the class. 
 
 Positive Behavior Support Teachers:
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) teachers support students behaviorally, academically and socially.  PBS teachers may provide direct instruction in social skills, study skills and/or organizational skills.  Students may access the PBS teacher for assistance when they are having difficulty in the general education classroom. 
 
Instructional Assistants:
Instructional Assistants support students and teachers in various means and settings, including in class support, fundamentals class, positive behavior support, specials and transitions between classes.
 
Other Service Providers:
Your child may receive support from a speech-language pathologist (SLP),  occupational therapist (OT), physical therapist (PT), adapted physical education teacher (APE), music therapist, or licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP).
 
Special Education Campus Coordinators:
Special education campus coordinators are responsible for coordinating campus special education services for students with special learning needs. They collaborate with parents, teachers, principals, and support personnel regarding instructional issues in the area of special education.