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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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Zoey Shulman

Titles: Psychologist Intern
Locations: Central
Email:

Kari Smith

Titles: Asst Supt of Student Services
Locations: Central, South, Admin
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8006

Lauren Smith

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: Central
Email:

Kelly Stapleton

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8301

Victor Varsbergs

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8306

Jordyn Washer

Titles: Intern
Locations: Central
Email:

James Westphal

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8334

Becky Wilcox

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8311

Julie Zastresek-Whaley

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8562

Brittany Zust

Titles: Special Education Teacher
Locations: Central
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 630-570-8330
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Andrea Ellexson

Andrea Ellexson

Director of Special Education
Central
Sara Pendergrass

Sara Pendergrass

Assistant Director of Special Education
Central