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
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
Dr. Tendai N’Doro
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Marshall School John Sarantakis email@example.com
Bernie Hackler firstname.lastname@example.org
Muriel Liberto email@example.com
Jefferson School Elisabeth Kravitz firstname.lastname@example.org
Seth Boyden School Kristin O’Connor email@example.com
South Mountain School Jocelyn Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennie Tinkelman email@example.com
Tuscan School Holly Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
Maplewood Middle School Rebekah Novemsky email@example.com
South Orange Middle School Wendy Lazrus firstname.lastname@example.org
Columbia High School Erin Siders email@example.com
Montrose Early Childhood Center firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of District email@example.com