Special Education Parent Teacher Organization 
The Special Education Parent Teacher Organization is made up of parent volunteers.  Please contact your school's Special Education Liaison with questions on how to help your struggling or special needs student:
Clinton Elementary                       Kate Mazzetti Shamburg     kashamburg@gmail.com 
Jefferson Elementary                   Sonya Selig                          sonyaselig@gmail.com 
Marshall Elementary                     Ava Padmore                       fourava@yahoo.com
                                                        Andrew Hall                         tangofiji@yahoo.com 
Seth Boyden Elementary             Jennifer Rollins                     jrollin@somsd.k12.nj.us
South Mountain Elementary & South Mountain Annex
                                                        Jocelyn Ryan                       jocelyncleary@gmail.com
                                                        Jennie Tinkelman                 jennie.tinkelman@gmail.com 
Tuscan Elementary                        Kristina Raines                    kris_mack@yahoo.com
Maplewood Middle School            Sonya Selig                         sonyaselig@gmail.com 
South Orange Middle School        Wendy Lazarus                   glotzer4@verizon.net 
Columbia High School                   Sheila Oliver                       sheila.oliver@verizon.net
Students Placed Out of District     Ann Leeb                            annleeb@optonline.net
Alternately, you may also contact any member of the Special Education PTO executive committee with questions or concerns:
Barry Berg          barryaberg@comcast.net               973-378-2526 
Leon Morton       leonmorton@comcast.net               973-868-7595
Tendai Ndoro      tndoro@andromeda.rutgers.edu    973-698-5811
Sonya Selig        sonyaselig@gmail.com                   973-327-2672
Sheila Oliver       sheila.oliver@verizon.net                973-943-7738
Please join us on Facebook at South Orange/Maplewood Sp. Ed. PTO

 SOM Special Education Community 2014-15 meeting schedule

September 30, 2014

December 3, 2014

January 20, 2015

March 24, 2015

May 19, 2015

BOE General Meeting Room, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, 7:30 PM

Click here for meeting minutes 
Our Mission

The South Orange Maplewood Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (SPED-PTO) works to make a difference in the lives of all children with special needs. Our goal is to promote the welfare of the special education student by providing parents with the tools and information they need to work collaboratively with the school district and to be more effective advocates for their children. Each year, the SPED-PTO holds several meetings to help parents network with other parents, share information about Special Education issues and educational concerns, and understand changing special education laws. We support the on-going professional development of district staff regarding special education and encourage the inclusion of children with disabilities in our communities. We seek and welcome the active involvement of all parents of children receiving special education services in South Orange-Maplewood. 



NOTICE: The School District of South Orange and Maplewood does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectual or sexual orientation or sex, gender identity and expression, socio or economic status, or disability in its programs and activities. For further information, call the Office of Civil Rights at (800) 421-3481.