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The Exceptional Student Services Department provides an array of supports, services and resources to students, general educators, special educators, administrators and families throughout the Dysart Unified School District. We are committed to providing comprehensive services to help meet the needs of the whole child.
    
The Exceptional Student Services Department is committed to partnering with parents and schools to provide programming that will foster high expectations for all children.

 

Director of Exceptional Student Services, Clark Crace
Clark Crace
Director, Exceptional Student Services
clark.crace@dysart.org

 

ESS Coordinator, Myla Goyne
Myla Goyne
ESS Coordinator
myla.goyne@dysart.org

Schools:
Dysart High School
Sundown
Dysart Elementary
Luke
Coutryside
Riverview

 

ESS Coordinator, Jennifer Humpal
Jenny Humpal
ESS Coordinator
jennifer.humpal@dysart.org

Schools:
Shadow Ridge HS
Kingswood 
Mountain View
Cimarron
Canyon Ridge
Sonoran Heights

 

ESS Coordinator, Shara Rose
Shara Rose
ESS Coordinator
shara.rose@dysart.org

Schools:
Willow Canyon HS
Western Peaks
Sunset Hills
Ashton Ranch
Rancho Gabriela
Surprise

 

ESS Coordinator, Becky Frost
Becky Frost
ESS Coordinator
rebecca.frost@dysart.org

Schools:
Valley Vista HS
Thompson Ranch
Parkview
West Point
Marley Park
El Mirage

 

 

Vicki Sarti
Support Specialist
623-876-7866
vicki.sarti@dysart.org
 

  • Manage ESS Director Calendar
  • Contract Staffing
  • ESS HR Staffing/Hiring Packets/ Reference Checks/TalentEd
  • HR New Hire/Supplemental ePARS
  • Support DO ESS Office Staff
  • Paraprofessional Sub Pool
  • Time Clock Manager Backup
  • iLearn Backup
  • IEE Contact Backup
  • Invoice Processing Backup
  • ESS Directory
  • Work Orders
 

Michelle Schoen
Budget Specialist II
623-876-7044
michelle.schoen@dysart.org
 

  • Department Budget
  • IDEA Grant management
  • Pre-School Grant management
  • Time and Effort reporting
  • MIPS Cost Reporting
  • Approve Requisitions: ESS/Preschool
  • Approve ePARS: ESS/Preschool
  • Account Coding: ESS/Preschool

 
 

Beatriz Ortega
Admin Secretary II

623-876-7197
beatriz.ortega@dysart.org
 

  • P Card Reconciliation
  • Reqs/POs
  • Time Clock Manager/Absences
  • Invoice Processing
  • Conference Requests

 
 

Teresa Rocha
Data Records Technician
623-876-7067
teresa.rocha@dysart.org
 

  • ESS Census/SAIS/OOD
  • IEP-PRO -  Infinite Campus
  • IEPPRO Access
  • Incoming Records Filing
  • Class Lists
  • Progress Notes
  • Records
  • Service Coordinator Student List

 

Sharon Boersma
Medicaid Clerk

623-876-7923
sharon.boersma@dysart.org
 

  • Medicaid Coordinator
  • Facilities Requests
  • iLearn Classes and Attendance
  • IEE Contact/Packets


 
 

Mary Garcia
Data Records Technician
623-876-7198
mary.garcia@dysart.org
 

  • Phones
  • Child Find Clerk
  • Timesheets
  • Records Requests
  • Pre-K Screenings Scheduling
  • DDD/AzEIP Scheduling
  • ESS Mileage
  • ASL Interpreter Requests

Philosophy
It is the philosophy of the Exceptional Student Services Department that all children can learn. All children have the right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE), regardless of disability, that helps them maximize their potential. It is the policy of the Dysart Unified School District that students with disabilities:
  • Will be located and identified.
  • Will receive comprehensive evaluations which define both needs and strengths.
  • Will have individual educational plans designed to meet their specific needs.
  • Will be offered specially designed instruction based on the individual educational plan in the least restrictive environment possible.
  • Will have any potentially harmful effects considered prior to placement for special education services.
  • Will be educated to the maximum extent possible with non-disabled peers.
  • Will have their programs reviewed at least annually.
  • Will be re-evaluated or considered for re-evaluation every three years.

Special Education Services
Special education is a service not a place. Special education is provided through a continuum of services which include instruction in the general education classroom with supplementary aids and services, services integrated into the general education classroom, specialized instruction in a resource or pull out setting, instruction in a specialized classroom, instruction in a special school, home instruction, and instruction in hospitals or institutions. The removal of students with disabilities from the general educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in general education classes or in a building with non-disabled students, with the use of special education services, cannot be achieved satisfactorily.

DUSD provides services for students who are eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The areas of eligibility for persons from ages 3-21 are:
  • Autism
  • Developmental Disabilities (ages 3-10)
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities with Severe Sensory Impairment
  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Speech-Language Disabilities
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment

If your child is not being successful, contact your school and discuss your concerns. Such concerns are taken to the schools Response to Intervention (RTI) team, where the team will review data and if needed will develop interventions/strategies to help your student be successful. If needed the RTI team will refer students with one of the above suspected disabilities to the school psychologist and the multidisciplinary team (MET) for further data review.

Special Education Services For Ages 3 Years to 5 Years

Dysart Unified School District offers services for children 3-5 years old who may be experiencing difficulties in the area of language, social/emotional.motor/perceptual and cognitive development. If you have questions or concerns, please call 623-876-7360.

The DUSD Preschool Program consists of 3 to 5 year-olds who are eligible for special education services. Services are offered in an inclusive cross-categorical setting with peer models. The inclusive model is delivered through a language enriched activity based program. Therapies are integrated into the daily preschool routine and are designed to meet the individual needs of every child.

Developmental Preschool programs are located at several elementary schools throughout the district. If you feel your 2 1/2 to 5 year old may be having difficulty in any area of his or her development, please call 623-876-7360 to schedule a screening appointment.

As defined by federal law, special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability [IDEA 97 300.26(a)]. Arizona Revised Statutes defines a "child with a disability" as a child who is at least three but less than twenty-two years of age, who has been evaluated and found to have a disability and who, because of the disability, needs special education and related services [ARS 15-761(2)].As defined by federal law, special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability [IDEA 97 300.26(a)]. Arizona Revised Statutes defines a "child with a disability" as a child who is at least three but less than twenty-two years of age, who has been evaluated and found to have a disability and who, because of the disability, needs special education and related services [ARS 15-761(2)].- -

623-876-7022
Clark.Crace@dysart.org