• Special Education Department

    The Special Education Department provides a full continuum of services and placement to meet the needs of students between the ages of 3 and 22 who are found to be eligible for special education due to a disability that adversely impacts their educational functioning. This includes Extended School Year Programming for maintenance of skills. Eligibility for Extended School Year is based on evidence of substantial regression and recoupment issues. 

    Once students are found eligible for special education and Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is developed. The IEP details the student’s needs as well as what will be done to address those needs. Related services are designed to support students in benefitting from special education and include but are not limited to social work, psychological services, speech/language therapy, transportation, assistive technology, occupational and physical therapy, and adaptive physical education. It is important to note that related services are determined based on educational needs and differ in eligibility and services provided within a medical model.

  • Erica Ekstrom, Executive Director of Special Education
    erica.ekstrom@cusd200.org 630-682-2019

    Megan Burress, Assistant Director of Special Education, Grades 6-8
    megan.burress@cusd200.org 630-821-7900 x4519

    Edison Middle School
    Franklin Middle School
    Hubble Middle School
    Monroe Middle School
    Special Olympics Director

    Mary Davis, Assistant Director of Special Education, Grades K-5 
    mary.davis@cusd200.org 630-682-2264

    Bower Elementary (Syracuse)
    Lincoln Elementary
    Hawthorne Elementary
    Emerson Elementary
    Longfellow Elementary
    Sandburg Elementary
    Whittier Elementary

    Stephanie Farrelly, Director of Early Childhood Education 
    stephanie.farrelly@cusd200.org 630-682-2273

    Jefferson Early Childhood Center

    Susan Waters, Director of Special Education, High School & Transition 
    susan.waters@cusd200.org 630-682-2422
    Wheaton North High School
    Wheaton Warrenville South High School
    Transition

    Scott Radford, Director of Special Education, Grades K-5
    scott.radford@cusd200.org 630-682-2095
    Johnson Elementary
    Bower Elementary
    Madison Elementary
    Pleasant Hill Elementary
    Lowell Elementary
    Wiesbrook Elementary
    Washington Elementary

    Tracy Macconnachie, Administrative Assistant
    tracy.macconnachie@cusd200.org 630-682-2019

    Donna Gioia, Coordinator of IDEA Grants/Medicaid
    donna.gioia@cusd200.org 630-682-2019