Information for Families
Special education within the Wellesley Public Schools encompasses a wide range of services for eligible students with disabilities, ages 3 – 22. In accordance with federal and state laws and regulations, students identified as eligible for special education have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) that is designed by a Team of individuals that includes district professionals, the parents/guardians, and the student, when appropriate. Each IEP is developed to meet the unique needs of the student and includes information of what services will be provided, where the services will be provided, and the goals set for the student. All programs and services are provided at no expense to parents.
The Wellesley Public Schools provide a wide range of specialized instruction that represents a continuum of service delivery options. In keeping with the federal mandate of Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Teams will always consider providing specialized instruction in the general education classroom first. The vast majority of our special education students receive their specialized instruction within an inclusive environment, spending more than 80% of their day in the general education classroom. When the appropriate level of services requires instruction outside the general education classroom, the Team will consider other placement options, such as a Learning Center, a district program, or special education programs outside the Wellesley Public Schools in a state approved special education school.
District programs are developed when a cohort of students have like needs of a more intensive nature. Throughout each level (preschool – post high school), highly specialized programs exist for students with autism, language-based learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral challenges, and for students whose disabilities cross domains, resulting in a need for an integrated Team approach.
Special education is a highly regulated and complex process. The special educators work closely with families and encourage a collaborative relationship. In addition, the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) provides support to families through regularly scheduled meetings and parent networking. For more information about the PAC, you may use this link provided. www.wellesleypac.org
Each level, preschool through high school, has a Department Head that coordinates special education services. The following provides contact information should you have questions regarding special education processes or procedures:
Sarah Orlov, Director of Student Services
Sarah Cullen, Administrative Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-446-6210 x5629
Department Head: Rebecca Zieminski, email@example.com 781-446-6222 x2800
Secretary: Isabel Cashman, firstname.lastname@example.org 781-446-6222 x2800
K-5 Department Heads: Kristen Stacy, email@example.com and Astrid Mazariegos, firstname.lastname@example.org 781-446-6210 x5629
- Jamie Morrison, email@example.com 781-
446-6210 x5629 (Fiske, Hardy, Hunnewell & Upham)
- Rebecca “Becky” Kiley, firstname.lastname@example.org 781-446-6210 x5629 (Bates, Schofield, Sprague)
Secretary: Sarah Cullen 781-446-6210 x5629
Department Head: Cristina Malinn, email@example.com 781-
Team Chair: Leah Lawrence, firstname.lastname@example.org 781-446-6250 x3622
Secretary: Jennifer Curran-Pelletier, curranpelletierj@wellesleyps.
Department Head: Greg Beaupre, email@example.com 781-
Team Chair: Katie Lynch, firstname.lastname@example.org 781-446-6290 x4630
Secretary: Barbara Newton, email@example.com
Out-of-District / Transition Coordinator
Michael McIntyre, firstname.lastname@example.org 781-446-6210 x5893
Secretary: Sarah Cullen 781-446-6210 x5629
Assistive Technology Specialist: Patti Weismer email@example.com (all schools except PAWS)
Assistive Technology Specialist: Jennine Clark firstname.lastname@example.org (WHS, Bates, Fiske, Hardy and Hunnewell)
Teacher of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing: Liz Wheeler email@example.com (all schools)
Another source of parent information is the Parent’s Notice of Procedural Guidelines (in multiple languages). I encourage all parents to become familiar with this Notice. Please follow the link provided to view this document.
On behalf of the special education department, we wish each student a rewarding school year.
Resources for Families:
- Raising Resilient Children: The Resources Young People Need Before, During and After a Pandemic (PDF)
Resources for Staff: