The mission of the Pendergast Special Education Department is providing access to all educational needs by embracing dignity, equity and opportunities for all.


  1. Early Childhood Programming
  2. Special Education Coaches
  3. Assistive Technology Coordinators
  4. Specialized Professional Development for Special Education Teachers
  5. Compliant audits from the AZ Department of Education and Medicaid


The Special Education Department is responsible for the identification and placement of all students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment with the provision of specialized instruction.   Student supports that are overseen by the Special Education Department are: Section 504, nursing, homebound services, voucher placements, preschool (developmental), assistive technology, school psychology services, related services, Medicaid billing, program implementation and monitoring, the provision of FAPE to all special education students and adherence to IDEA.

The intent of Child Find under both federal and state requirements is to ensure that all children ages birth - 21 years with delays or disabilities are identified, located and evaluated in order to receive needed early intervention supports or special education services. Public agencies responsible for providing these supports and services are obligated to actively search to "find" children who may be eligible and conduct an eligibility determination pocess that includes screening and evaluation according to state established criteria. For more information on this subject, please call ADE/Child Find Unit at
1-800-352-4558, DES/AzEIP Office at 1-888-439-5609, or Children's Information Center at

Early intervention supports and services assist families of eligible children aged birth to three to help their child develop to his or her full potential and, to the maximum extent possible, participate in the daily activities and routines of their families and communities with greater independence and competence. CLICK HERE to find out more.

Child Find Locations & Dates:
Child Find developmental screeners are conducted at:

Desert Mirage Elementary
8605 W. Maryland Ave
Glendale, AZ 85305
Phone: (623) 772-2550

Dates: 7/17/19, 7/18/19, 8/28/19, 9/25/19, 10/30/19, 12/4/19, 1/15/20, 2/26/20, 4/1/20

8:00 am to 12:00 pm

For Child Find appointments, please call 623-772-2341.

Gwendolyn Parker, Director of Exceptional Student Services
Phone: (623) 772-2332
Email: gparker@pesd92.org

Alicia Zelvis, Assistant Director of Early Childhood and Exceptional Student Services 504 Coordinator
Phone: (623) 772-2360
Email: azelvis@pesd92.org

Allison Loyd, Assistive Technology Coordinator
Phone: (623) 772-2334
Email: aloyd@pesd92.org

Amy Najar, Administrative Assistant
Phone: (623) 772-2326
Email: anajar@pesd92.org

Olga Sanchez, Medicaid Secretary
Phone: (623) 772-2378
Email: osanchez@pesd92.org

Claudia Vega, Records Clerk
Phone: (623) 772-2338
Fax: (623) 877-1028
Email: cvega@pesd92.org