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Chapter 14

Special Education

Quaker Valley provides a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities, in accordance with state and federal regulations. In Pennsylvania, the provision of special education services is governed by Chapter 14 of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students must be eligible for special education services, meeting the eligibility criteria of having a disability as defined by the Department of Education, and be in need of specially designed instruction. Areas of disability as set forth by Pennsylvania Department of Education include Autism, Deaf/Blindness, Visual Impairment including Blindness, Hearing Impairment including Deafness, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Emotional Disturbance, Specific Learning Disability, Other Health Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Speech/Language Impairment.

Special educators in Quaker Valley are aware of the need to provide challenged students with an education that directly prepares them for a successful adult life. We provide opportunities for students to learn the necessary skills to pursue further education, or to obtain employment.

Preparation for the transition needs of our special education students is directed toward both the classroom for skill-based learning and the community for vocational education and life skills experience.

Chapter 14 Resources


Learning Support Teachers

For more information, please contact a Learning Support teacher:

Edgeworth Elementary 
Melissa Egan, Learning Support Teacher, [email protected]
Lauran Macon, Learning Support Teacher, [email protected]
Isabella Wolfe, Life Skills Teacher, [email protected]
Tina Proctor, Speech Therapist, [email protected]

Osborne Elementary
Brandon Banfield, Learning Support Teacher, [email protected]
Samantha Coulter, Learning Support Teacher, [email protected]
Allison Krause, Speech Therapist, [email protected]

Middle School
Jenna DiLoreto, Learning Support Teacher, [email protected]
Brian Slencak, Learning Support Teacher, [email protected]
Dr. Amy Balbach, Learning Support Teacher, [email protected]
Jason Harrison, Life Skills Teacher, [email protected]

High School
Jessica Garavaglia, Learning Support Teacher, [email protected]
Brad Severson, Learning Support Teacher, [email protected]
Heather Barto, Learning Support Teacher, [email protected]
Kim Dorus, Learning Support Teacher, [email protected]
Julie Lebovitz, Learning Support Teacher, [email protected]
Jason Brindza, Life Skills Teacher, [email protected]

District Special Education Plan Available for Review

Quaker Valley School District's Special Education Plan is available below for public review.

Questions or comments may be directed to Jennifer Shroads, Director of Student Services, at 412-749-3618 or via email.