• 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

    For more information, please contact us at:

    Online http://somaspedpto.com

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/somaspedpto/

    Email somaspedpto@gmail.com

    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 kjrumley@gmail.com 

    Marshall School John Sarantakis john.sarantakis@gmail.com 

    Bernie Hackler bhackler@me.com 

    Muriel Liberto mimiliberto@gmail.com

    Jefferson School Elisabeth Kravitz ptwlizk@gmail.com

    Seth Boyden School Kristin O’Connor kristin_m_oconnor@yahoo.com

    South Mountain School Jocelyn Ryan jocelyncleary@gmail.com

    Jennie Tinkelman jennie.tinkelman@gmail.com

    Tuscan School Holly Evans holev@aol.com

    Maplewood Middle School Rebekah Novemsky bektom@aol.com

    South Orange Middle School Wendy Lazrus glotzer4@verizon.net

    Columbia High School Erin Siders esiders@aol.com

    Montrose Early Childhood Center somaspedpto@gmail.com

    Out of District somaspedpto@gmail.com