SPECIAL EDUCATION

OUR MISSION

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

POINTS OF PRIDE

  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

RESPONSIBILITIES

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.


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.

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.

Contact Us:

Pendergast Elementary School District Early Childhood Education Department
3801 N. 91st Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85037
Phone: 623-772-2341
Email: azelvis@pesd92.org

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