Exceptional Student Education

ESE
Staff

Jennifer Barrow

ESE Director

Phone: (863) 679-6560

Email: Jennifer.Barrow@lwcharterschools.com

Nancy Hancock

School Psychologist

Phone: (863) 679-6560

Email: Nancy.Hancock@lwcharterschools.com

Caroline Acevedo

Gifted & Talented Coordinator

Phone: (863) 679-6560

Email: Caroline.Acevedo@lwcharterschools.com

Michele Black

Referral Coordinator - Babson Park

Michelle.Black@lwcharterschools.com

Michaela Cook

Referral Coordinator - Bok North

Michaela.Cook@lwcharterschools.com

Dezonia Williams

Referral Coordinator - Bok South

Dezonia.Williams@lwcharterschools.com

Tina Stegman

Referral Coordinator - Hillcrest

Tina.Stegman@lwcharterschools.com

Elizabeth Borders

Referral Coordinator - Janie Howard Wilson

Elizabeth.Borders@lwcharterschools.com

Beverly Riley

Referral Coordinator - LW High

Beverly.Riley@lwcharterschools.com

Melanie Fletcher

Referral Coordinator - Polk Avenue

Melanie.Fletcher@lwcharterschools.com

ESE Helpful Links
Contact: Please reach out to Lake Wales Schools' ESE Director Jennifer Barrow at (863)679-6560 or email at Jennifer.Barrow@lwcharterschools.com and she will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.
About ESE

Lake Wales Charter Schools’ Exceptional Student Education Department serves more than 800 students from ages 5 through 22. They include students with various disabilities as well as gifted learners.

An exceptional student is one who has special learning or behavioral needs. Special assistance received in school is called Exceptional Student Education Services, ESE, or Specially Designed Instruction. Our goal is to provide every exceptional student with a free appropriate public education (FAPE), help them progress in school, and prepare for life after school. Some examples of support services include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Parents

ESE (Parent Involvement Council) PIC:

Lake Wales Charter Schools is excited about the growth and participation of our ESE PIC Council. We are a group of ESE parents, educators and community members who want to educate ourselves and others on how to support our students with disabilities and how to access the many available resources. We also join forces with various state and local agencies, as well as state discretionary projects who support students with disabilities and help educate us and our parents/guardians on the many resources available to students with disabilities. Our meetings are held virtually. In the future we hope to have the meetings in person, which will allow us to participate in some hands-on activities. Please call the charter office at (863) 679-6560 or email at Jennifer.Barrow@lwcharterschools.com and we will be happy to add you to our email list for notification of all upcoming meetings and activities. Our goal is to continue to grow, nurture and empower our ESE PIC Council to provide support to all children with disabilities. 

24th Annual Family Cafe

The 24th Annual Family Café will be held in Orlando on May 27-29, 2022. The Annual Family Cafe' brings together thousands of people with disabilities and their family members for three days of education, training, and networking. With a great range of individual breakout sessions, a packed exhibit hall with dozens of vendors, and a series of special events, including Keynote speakers and The Governors’ Summit on Disabilities. The Annual Family Café offers families exposure to a range of public and private resources on a grand scale opportunities to find support by networking with other families and unprecedented access to policy-making officials. The Annual Family Café maintains the tradition of no-cost registration for people with disabilities and their families. For more information on this event, including registration, please go to this link.

https://familycafe.net/annual-family-cafe/ 

Parent Council Involvement Meeting Dates

September, 30, 2021 - 5:30PM

January 20, 2022 - 5:30PM

March 31, 2022 - 5:30PM

May 19, 2022 - 5:30PM

ESE Newsletter & ESE Student Progress Reports to be sent home:

October 25, 2021

January 14, 2022

March 18, 2022

May 27, 2022

Victory Ridge & Lake Wales Charter Schools ESE Agency Night:

All ESE families are invited to attend this event to learn about all of the resources and agencies available to ESE children and families.  This event will be held at Victory Ridge from 5 - 7 PM on March 15th.  Come and enjoy an evening of learning, fellowship, food, resources, and collaboration.  This event is designed to serve our ESE students in the Lake Wales community.  We will also have a booth for the migrant and homeless supports for our community and schools.

ESE New Student Enrollment:

All Lake Wales Charter Schools follow our system enrollment policy. Once your child is officially accepted at one of our schools, please provide them with a copy of your child's current IEP (Individual Education Plan), Section 504 Plan, or Gifted Plan. This will allow the school to effectively deliver and ensure the fidelity and continuation of services at the highest level per the students individual plan. 

ESE Services

What is the ESE eligibility process? 

Lake Wales Charter Schools works closely with each school's administration, Referral Coordinators and classroom teachers to monitor all student's progress. The school gathers data on all students and when concerns are indicated the MTSS process is initiated to review and determine the next steps needed to support the student. If you have a concern please reach out to the school administrator, the referral coordinator or your child's teacher and they will coordinate if needed with the ESE Director and School Psychologist. There is eligibility criteria for every exceptionality including gifted, please refer to the DOE link below for the specific exceptionalities and the specific criteria. 

https://www.fldoe.org/academics/exceptional-student-edu/ese-eligibility/

 

To learn more about Exceptional Student Education please refer to the link below:

 

What is Exceptional Student Education for Children with Disabilities?
Problem Resolution

If you have concerns about your child's classroom, placement, or Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the first person you should talk to is your child's teacher. Problems are more easily resolved by the person who spends the most time with your child. If you are unable to resolve the issue with the teacher, you should next contact the Referral Coordinator or Assistant Principal. These two professionals may call upon the Principal for assistance. It is very important that you talk to the Principal before calling the District Office. The Principal has the responsibility for the outcome of your child's education at that school and they need to know about issues or concerns. In most situations, the Principal has the authority, capability, and responsibility for resolving concerns.

For your quick reference, each school's Referral Coordinator is listed on this page under Staff Section.