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Office of Specialized Student Services

13900 Granzon

Oak Park, MI 48237

Tel. (248) 336-7673
Fax (248) 336-7678

Vision Statement

Oak Park School District guarantees that all students with special needs are provided the opportunity to access the general education curriculum. Highly quality academic instruction with supports will ensure all students with special needs progress in the general education curriculum. Accountability, quality instruction, and high expectations are the keys of assurance to proclaim the successful implementation of this mission.


Sherrie L. Daniels

Eric Scott
Social Worker

Travis Austin

Stephanie L. Richardson

Specialized Student Services Teaching Staff

Einstein Elementary

Cheri Berlin Topper - ASD Teacher
Lucille Evans - Early Childhood Services/Child Find Coordinator
Siasia Jackson – Resource Teacher
Edward Mason - Resource Teacher
Jennifer Nothstine – Resource Teacher
Briggitte White – CI Teacher

Key Elementary

Janice Banka - ECSE Teacher
Michelle Katz – ASD Teacher
Sharon Ross - ASD Teacher
Michelle Wagner - Resource Teacher

Pepper Elementary
Valerie Bleakely - Resource Teacher

Margaret Wittick - CI Teacher

Oak Park Preparatory Academy

Christine Alexander - Resource Teacher
Dorothy Freeland - Resource Teacher
Lenora Hudson - ASD Teacher
Jennifer Penman – CI Teacher
Lisa Rasansky – ASD Teacher
Rhonda Rudolph - Resource Teacher
Natasha Smith - Resource Teacher
Nancy Theida – Resource Teacher

Oak Park High School

Geneva McCullough - Resource Teacher
Andrea Polley - Resource Teacher
Susan Sabbath - Resource Teacher
Rebecca Simon - Resource Teacher
Betty Brown - MiCI Teacher
Mary Brombach - MoCI Teacher

Ancillary Staff

Jacquelyn Tobey - Psychologists


School Social Workers
Judity Gamily - Elementary

Del-Mar Requemore - Elementary
Carl Dade - OPPA
Yeatonia Martin - OPHS

Speech and Language Pathologist
Cindy Slavik - Elementary
Artan Harris - OPPA
Yonina Tkatch - OPHS

Occupational Therapist
Diane Kreitler


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Oak Park School District Identification of Learning Disabilities


Process for Determining a Specific Learning Disability
What is an SLD?
A Specific Leaning Disability is “a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia that adversely affects a student’s educational performance. A SLD does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, mental retardation; emotional disturbance; or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage.” (34CFR 300.8 (c )(10).
The model used by the Oak Park School District for the identification of Specific learning Disabilities (SLD) emphasizes the full and individual evaluation as a process of data collection that includes multiple methods of assessing student performance with input from parents, teachers, instructional specialists and staff such as school psychologists. The purpose of the evaluation is to surround the student of concern with the best and most comprehensive information possible to make valid and appropriate recommendations as to the student’s eligibility for special education and , more importantly, educationally relevant recommendations for instructional strategies, supports, and services. 
The Oak Park School District will utilize an underachievement plus Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses model for the determination of a Specific Learning Disability for all buildings and all grades in the district and includes the following:
  1. The student does not achieve adequately for the student’s age or to meet State-approved grade level standards in one or more of the areas identified at 34 CFR 300.309(a)(1)(i) when provided with learning experiences and instruction appropriate for the student’s age or State-approved grade level standards; and
  2. The student exhibits a pattern of strengths and weaknesses in performance, achievement, or both, relative to age, State-approved grade level standards, or intellectual development, that is determined by the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) to be relevant to the identification of a SLD, using appropriate assessments, consistent with the IDEA Evaluation Procedures and Additional Requirements for Evaluations and Reevaluations.
In making a determination as to whether a student has or continues to have a specific learning disability, the Oak Park School District will also comply with all applicable federal regulations and State rules, including those addressing comprehensive evaluations, determination of the existence of a specific learning disability, observation of academic performance and behavior in the area(s) of difficulty, specific documentation of SLD eligibility determination, and reevaluation requirements.


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