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Special Education

Mission Statement

The mission of the special education department is to work in partnership with all other Hinsdale Central departments to educate students who experience disabilities that affect their learning, support their academic achievement and self-reflection in the learning process, foster the development of each student’s character, and assist students in their preparation for post-secondary education, careers, and community contributions.

Department Goals
  • Students will meet or exceed academic/learning standards. 
  • Students will understand, apply, evaluate, and adapt learning strategies to acquire knowledge and demonstrate learning.
  • Students will meet transition goals addressing competencies for post-secondary education, independent living, community participation, and employment.
  • Students will become proficient self –advocates, demonstrating effective communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.

Special Education Department Staff

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Ewelina Dybaczewska

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central, South
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Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-468-4321

Juwan Edmond

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: Central
Email:

Andrea Ellexson

Titles: Director of Special Education
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8290

Allison Fish

Titles: Social Worker
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8575

Mary Gallagher

Titles: Psychologist
Locations: Central
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Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8578

Patricia Garrey

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: Central
Email:

Melissa Geibel

Titles: Nurse
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8595

Katie Grant

Titles: Intern
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8335

Michael Gross

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central, South
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-468-4336

Nancy Harper

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8300
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Andrea Ellexson

Andrea Ellexson

Director of Special Education
Central
Sara Pendergrass

Sara Pendergrass

Assistant Director of Special Education
Central

Wendy Vallo

Administrative Assistant
Central