Exceptional Student Education
Exceptional Student Education (ESE) provides services to over 13,000 students within Volusia County Schools. Students may be considered for ESE services if they meet the criteria of one or more of the categories of disabilities and/or meet eligibility criteria for gifted services as outlined in the Exceptional Student Education Special Policies and Procedures (SP&P).
Students may be identified with intellectual, behavioral, physical, medical, sensory and/or communication exceptionalities. The student must show a need for special education and related services as a result of his/her disability or disabilities. Students being considered for the gifted program are also required to demonstrate an educational need for services. Parents have the right to bring another adult of their choice to any ESE related meetings.
For further information about services, click on ESE Programs and Services on the left. The site will provide general information and awareness of the services and programs that ESE/SS supports.
Staff related information can be found at the following site: VCS ESE Intranet (Staff)
2022 - 2023 ESE Parent Survey window is now Open!
Each year, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) surveys parents of children with an individual educational plan (IEP) to determine how well districts and schools are partnering with parents and promoting parent involvement in their child’s education. All states must collect these data for reporting on their State Performance Plan, as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Additionally, survey results will be used to help schools and districts improve services and results for children with disabilities.
The survey is open to all parents of children with an IEP receiving ESE services from preschool age through grade 12. While demographic information must be collected in compliance with federal requirements, individual responses are confidential. For the 2022-2023 school year, the survey will only be offered in web-based format at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ESEParentSurvey.
To facilitate multiple access points, a QR code has been attached and the link to the survey can be found on the Bureau’s webpage at https://www.fldoe.org/academics/exceptional-student-edu/parent-info/exceptional-student-edu-parent-survey.stml. The survey is accessible today, March 22, 2023, through June 30, 2023.
For more information call Kathy Beauchamp, Administrative Secretary at (386) 734-7190 ext. 21979.
Please contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding your child's:
- Evaluation for Gifted or Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
- Individual Education Plan (IEP)
- Gifted Educational Plan (EP)
- Section 504
- McKay or Gardiner Scholarship
- ESE services or support
- General questions or concerns regarding students' exceptional needs
Please leave a message with your name, contact information, and a summary of your concern. If you are contacting us about a student, please include the student's name and school. We will respond to your inquiry within 2 business days.
Phone: (386) 734-7190 ext. 34781
Phone: (386) 255-6475 ext. 21979
Phone: (386) 255-6475 ext. 44026
Dr. Mary Ellen Speidel
Phone: (386) 255-6475 ext. 33277
Phone: (386) 255-6475 ext. 34779
Elementary Programs Coordinator
Phone: (386) 255-6475 ext. 38352
Low Incidence Programs Coordinator
Phone: (386) 255-6475 ext. 38480
ASD and Secondary Programs Coordinator
Phone: (386) 255-6475 ext. 38435
Transition Programs Coordinator
Phone: (386) 255-6475 ext. 38321
ADA Compliance Officer
Phone: (386) 734-7190 ext. 71362
The ESE Department Starts the 2022-23 School Year Soaring to New Opportunities!
Over 150 teachers, administrators, behavior specialists, paraprofessionals, school counselors, and district staff came together the beginning of August for a dynamic two-day institute where participants learned new ways to support students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Amanda Wiles, Executive Director of ESE, was master of ceremonies and welcomed keynote speaker Dr. Ben Springer.
Dr. Springer is a nationally certified school psychologist and author of the popular books, “Happy Kids Don’t Punch You in the Face” and “GPS: Good Parenting Strategies.” Dr. Springer is also the CEO of Totem PD, an online professional learning platform for mental health practitioners, educators, and administrators.
Julie Barrow from SEDNET also provided a keynote presentation on trauma-informed care, helping teams to understand the nature and needs of students who experienced traumatic events. Julie works closely with Volusia County Schools helping to link resources to schools, parents, and students.
District ESE Coordinators and Specialists presented sessions on social skills instruction and supporting successful reintegration of students with disabilities into inclusive settings. Resources and materials were provided to participants to enhance classroom instruction.
The venue for this event was sponsored by Stetson Baptist Church in Deland. Several other businesses and community members supported this event which include the following
• Jesssyca Hogan with Trilogy Home Healthcare
• Launch Credit Union
• Amanda Lang (Behavioral Independence)
• Jennifer Wellnitz (Wendy’s in NSB)
• Nancy Redmond
• O. V. Williams
• Mr. Bill’s Donuts & Sandwiches
• Gurrs & Purrs
• Trades of Hope
• Lace and Accessories
• Dunkin Donuts in Deland (Garfield Avenue)
• Curriculum Associates
• Destination Knowledge
• Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
• State Farm (Tonya Tichnell)
• Walmart Super Center Port Orange
• Council for Exceptional Children
The ESE Department expresses our sincere gratitude to all of those who participated in the institute or helped to make it possible. It is going to be a fabulous school year!