Exceptional Student Services
For questions, please contact Amy Kalcic, Administrative Assistant to ESS at 623-772-2326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gwendolyn Parker, Director of Exceptional Student Services
Rae James, Assistant Director of Early Childhood and Exceptional Student Services
Katie Kallstrom, Coordinator for School Climate and Culture
Amy Kalcic, Administrative Assistant
Jacqulyn Blaise, Office Technician/Records
Abrianna Perez, Preschool Scholars Office I
Areas of Responsibilities
Exceptional Student Services is responsible for the identification and placement of all students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment with the provision of specialized instruction. Student support that is overseen by Exceptional Student Services includes: Special Education Services, Gifted Services, Section 504 accommodations, health services, homebound services, voucher placements, Early Childhood Services, positive intervention behavior supports, counseling, assistive technology, school psychology services, related services, Medicaid billing, program implementation and monitoring, the provision of FAPE for all students receiving special education services and adherence to IDEA.
Strategic Plan Goals
Increase the understanding and practices of staff to educate and provide rigorous instruction for our neurodiverse students.
Support inclusive classroom practices to be utilized in all classrooms for all students
Developing community partnerships are developed and nurtured to support students and families through collaborative efforts.
Ensure equitable educational opportunities for our neurodiverse students.
The mission of the Pendergast Exceptional Student Services Department is providing access to all educational needs by embracing dignity, equity and opportunities for all.
Points of Pride
Early Childhood Programming, Developmental and Community
Assistive Technology Coordinators
Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)
Continuum of Inclusive and Equitable Practices
Compliant audits from the Arizona Department of Education and Medicaid