Special Education

  • The Owen J Roberts School District is proud to offer a comprehensive continuum of special education supports and services.  In keeping true to our mission statement of inspiring each student for success today and greatness tomorrow, we take great care to ensure quality supports and services are available in all seven of our school buildings.  Each building is staffed with highly qualified, certificated special education staff, who deliver learning, emotional, autistic, and life skills support services with care, compassion, and fidelity.  

    The special education management team has extended this continuum with the creation of specialized center-based programs within our District.  These programs boast increased and specialized services that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of those students who are unable to maximize their potential in their home buildings.  These programs help insure that every student in the District has multiple opportunities for social, emotional, and academic success in their home District. 

    French Creek Elementary School offers both Life Skills Support and Autistic Support programs, while West Vincent Elementary also offers Autistic Support programming.  These programs are supported through valuable partnerships with the Chester County Intermediate Unit and the PA Department of Education Autism Initiative. Such partnerships provide ongoing training and support for the teachers and paraprofessionals within these programs to maximize the potential for success.  East Coventry Elementary School offers a specialized Emotional Support program.  This program capitalizes on partnerships with the Chester County Intermediate Unit, as well as, Creative Health Services to help meet the unique needs of students requiring this level of intervention.

    As students transition to the secondary program in grades 7-12+, the District maintains these specialized supports.  The District continues to maximize partnerships with state and local agencies, as well as, deliver meaningful professional development opportunities for all staff.  These partnerships and professional development opportunities support the District in developing, implementing and maintaining high quality programs that serve to meet the needs of students.  At the high school, specifically we have developed an adult support program that allows us to meet the functional and transition needs of students through the year of their twenty-first birthday. 

    Developing, implementing, and maintaining a high quality continuum of special education services is a tremendously delicate process.  There needs to be careful budget planning, focused recruitment efforts, collaborative professional development and training, and most importantly the flexibility to make adjustments to meet the ever-changing needs of students in our charge. 

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  • Contacts:        

    Name

    Title

    Email

    Phone

    Role

    Cristin Burke

    Supervisor of Special Education K-6

    cburke@ojrsd.net  

    610-469-5620

    Supervisor

    Geoffrey Ball

    Supervisor of Special Education North Coventry & Middle School

    gball@ojrsd.net

    610-469-5391

    Supervisor

    Joe Milnes

    Supervisor of Special Education 9-12

    jmilnes@ojrsd.net

    610-469-5687

    Supervisor

    Karen Finkbiner

    Administrative Specialist

    kfinkbiner@ojrsd.net

    610-469-5167

    Psychological           Svcs.

    Linda Swavely

    Secretary

    lswavely@ojrsd.net

    610-469-5165

    Special Education Secretary

    Lynn Keisel

    High School IEP Facilitator

    lkeisel@ojrsd.net

    610-469-5863

    IEP Facilitator

    Dana Emery

    Elementary IEP Facilitator-EC-FC-WV

    demery@ojrsd.net

    610-469-5226

    IEP Facilitator

    Erica Wood

    Middle School, EV-NC IEP Facilitator

    ewood@ojrsd.net

    610-469-5677 

     

    IEP Facilitator