The Special Education Parent Teacher Organization

The South Orange-Maplewood Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (Special Education PTO) provides parents with tools and information to work collaboratively with the school district, and to be more effective advocates for their children. We host monthly meetings to help families network with other families to navigate special education, and share information about concerns, successes, and resources. We support on-going professional development of district staff and teachers, and encourage comprehensive, thoughtful inclusion of differently-abled children in our communities. In partnership with the Parenting Center we host a monthly meeting where all members of the community are welcome.

Special Education PTO Meetings


October 19

November 24

December 22

January 26

February 23

March 22

April 26

May 24

We meet monthly, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, at the Board of Education building, 525 Academy Street in Maplewood, NJ 07040, 3rd Floor conference room.

Special Education PTO Executive Committee


Barry Berg

Ann Leeb

Leon Morton

Dr. Tendai N’Doro

Rebekah Novemsky

Kristin O’Connor

Sheila Oliver

Sonya Selig

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Special Education Liaisons


The Special Education Liaison is a parent volunteer elected by their school community to serve on their school’s PTA or HSA board (except for Montrose and Out of District). The Special Education Liaison is a point person for support and advice for families of children who are struggling learners, or who are receiving services via I&RS, an IEP, or a 504 plan.  



Liaisons do not represent the school district or board of education, but serve as a link between the district’s parent volunteer groups (the Special Education PTO and SEPAC) and their community. They share their experience, offer suggestions and help connect families with resources.

Clinton School Katie Rumley 

Marshall School John Sarantakis 

Bernie Hackler 

Muriel Liberto

Jefferson School Elisabeth Kravitz

Seth Boyden School Kristin O’Connor

South Mountain School Jocelyn Ryan

Jennie Tinkelman

Tuscan School Holly Evans

Maplewood Middle School Rebekah Novemsky

South Orange Middle School Wendy Lazrus

Columbia High School Erin Siders

Montrose Early Childhood Center

Out of District


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