Exceptional Student Education
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It is the mission of the Exceptional Student Education Department to ensure that schools provide opportunities and programs that encourage students to develop academic and social skills commensurate with their abilities. The commitment of the ESE Department is to assist all school personnel in the appropriate identification, placement, and programming for exceptional students. It is recognized that parent training, community awareness, and services to families are essential to student success. This website is designed to give you an overview of the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department of the Leon County School District in Tallahassee, Florida, and the many services available to students that qualify for ESE programs. If you are new to Leon County, information is included that will facilitate your child's entrance into our district and, if applicable, into an appropriate exceptional program. A brief description of each exceptional program and its eligibility requirements are provided as well as other valuable information regarding your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP).
The Exceptional Student Education Department is committed to giving exceptional students the means of achieving their annual goals as specified on each student's Individual Education Plan while educating them in the least restrictive environment.
If you have any questions please contact the counselor at your child's school, the ESE Program Specialist assigned to your child's school (listed in ESE District Staff to the left), or the Exceptional Student Education office at 850-487-7158.
Telephone: (850) 487-7160Fax: (850) 487-7823Address: 3955 W. Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304Cathy Shields, Director IICompliance and OperationsDistrictwide Programs487-7160Brooke Brunner, Director IIEarly Childhood ProgramsK-12 ESE Curriculum922-2099Melissa Barton, CoordinatorCompliance487-7160Jenny Duggar, CoordinatorDistrictwide Programs561-8944Jenni Jenkins, CoordinatorBehavior Sevices487-7160