Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

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The Exceptional Students Education (ESE) Department is part of Student Intervention Services. The department oversees the implementation of policies and procedures related to Florida statutes or State Board of Education rules affecting programs for exceptional students, including gifted students. Specifically, the department works with schools and parents to ensure that students with disabilities and gifted students receive the appropriate educational opportunities and related services through the IEP and/or EP process.

FDLRS Early Childhood Training for Parents and Teachers

2023-2024 ESE Parent Survey

The 2023-2024 ESE Parent Survey is open beginning March 1, 2024, and will close on June 30, 2024. The survey can be completed on the web or mobile phone by visiting http://bit.ly/2024parentsurvey.

ESE Parent Advisory Council

Links and Resources

School Choice

Informational Video Links

Documents and Forms


Additional ESE Resources

Teacher Resources

Department Contacts

Kathy Ard, Director, ESE

Judy Peacock, Program Director, ESE

Trisha Johnson, District-Level Staffing Specialist

Catherine McLane, District-Level Staffing Specialist

Christa Bass, ESE Payroll Secretary

Robbie Sotelo, ESE Bookkeeper

Debbie Stone, ESE Records Clerk