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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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Elizabeth Meagher

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central
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Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8308

Mary Medina

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central
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Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8318

Kristine Meece

Titles: One-on-One Aide
Locations: Central
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Janet Naess

Titles: Occupational Therapist
Locations: Central, South, Transition Center
Email:

Goran Nikolic

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8548

Megan Otten

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central
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Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8275

Said Ouardi

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: Central
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Sara Pendergrass

Titles: Assistant Director of Special Education
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8585

Sally Phillip

Titles: Director of Student Activities
Locations: Central
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Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8580

Maeve Pitman

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8293
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Andrea Ellexson

Andrea Ellexson

Director of Special Education
Central
Sara Pendergrass

Sara Pendergrass

Assistant Director of Special Education
Central