Gates Chili SEPTO (Special Education Parent Teacher Organization)

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  • SEPTO is interested in attending building and district level special events and providing a sensory friendly space for families. If you know of an upcoming event, that would benefit from SEPTO please let us know. 

    October 15th at 10am Location TBD

    Join us for cider and donuts and a chance to get to know one another and our families.

    November 9th at 6:30pm

    OPWDD Eligibility Overview with Amy Albanese of Person Centered Services

    January 21st at 10am

    Join us for a coffee meetup, a place to exchange thoughts, questions or just come meet other members.

    February 13th at 6:30pm

    Special Education Department Overview

    May 19th at 6:30pm

    Playground & Popsicles Meetup

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  • Mission: To work collaboratively with home, school, and larger community to provide education, support, and connections for students with different abilities.


     

  • Who We Are

    We will introduce our executive committee each week!

    Heather

    HEATHER LANGE, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

    AND DISTRICT PARENT

    • Hi, my name is Heather Lange. I am a parent in the district, a volunteer and co-founder of SEPTO. It is a pleasure to use my
      experience as a Speech Language Pathologist to be a resource for parents, guardians, and care givers in the district. I have always loved science and brains! I enjoy elder care, gardening and anything dark chocolate. While I have never liked TV or movies, classic Pooh makes me smile!
       

     

     

    DANIELLE LATORE, COORDINATOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION P-5 AND HOMESCHOOL INSTRUCTION  

    Danielle's role as the Coordinator of Special Education K-5 entails supporting and overseeing the elementary programming for in and out of district students. I work closely with teachers, related service providers, administrators, and families to ensure students receive appropriate supports. Monitoring regulations and best practices is also a function of this role. In addition to the above responsibilities, I oversee services and supports for students that are parentally placed in private schools in the district.

    Fun Facts about Danielle:

    Do you have any pets? I have a 5 year old black lab named Riley.

    What was your favorite book as a child? The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    Who was your favorite cartoon character when you were a kid? Wonder Woman old black lab Riley. My favorite book when I was a child was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. My favorite character when I was little was Wonder Woman.


     

    Julie Stark

    JULIE STARK, COORDINATOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION GRADES 6-TRANSITION

    Julie provides additional oversight over the special education department as determined by the Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services. The main responsibility of the Coordinator of Special Education is to assist with the development and coordination of services for students with special needs at the secondary level for students enrolled in either district based or out of district educational placements. Providing oversight with regards to multiple graduation pathways and transition planning ensures that students are meeting with success as they exit school age programming.

     

    Fun Facts about Julie:

    What was your favorite subject in school? Band!

    What is your favorite book? All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

    Who was your favorite cartoon character when you were a kid? Pink Panther