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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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Karen Ford

Titles: Administrative Assistant
Locations: Central
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Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8216

Mary Gallagher

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

Patricia Garrey

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: Central
Email:

Kathleen Gibson

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: Central
Email:

Suchinta Hakim

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: Central
Email:

Nancy Harper

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

Michael Huseth

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: Central
Email:

Peter Hutcheon

Titles: Social Worker
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8610

Thomas Janas

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: Central
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Jacob Jerkovich

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8435
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Andrea Ellexson

Andrea Ellexson

Director of Special Education
Central
Sara Pendergrass

Sara Pendergrass

Assistant Director of Special Education
Central

Kelly Stapleton

Assistant Department Chair Special Education
Central

Sandra D'Angelo

Administrative Assistant
Central