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Volusia ESE Advisory Committee

​​​​The Volusia ESE Advisory Committee is comprised of parents and professionals dedicated to collaborative interaction among schools, service agencies, and the public. The committee meets on a regular basis to gain information on issues that pertain to students served in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) in Volusia County. Per recommendation from members, two groups, formerly known as the ESE Task Force and ESE Advisory, recently consolidated into the Volusia County ESE Advisory Committee, an outcome-focused group that supports the district’s mission and strategic plan in advocating for students with disabilities. The Volusia County ESE Advisory Committee supports collaboration with families and community members. Our goal is to identify areas for improvement and make meaningful recommendations to promote the success of all students.

Committee Members

Below are the members of the ESE Advisory Committee for SY 2023-2024. We appreciate their talent, advocacy, and support for our families and students with disabilities.

ESE Advisory Committee Voting Members 2023-2024

  • Allie Johnston                   ASST. DIR., ESE   
  • Dr. Mary Ellen Speidel    DISTRICT LIAISON
  • Daysi Ortiz                        COMMUNITY MEMBER
  • Nicole Small                      COMMUNITY MEMBER
  • Nancyjo Santee                ELEM PARENT
  • Kylee Warke                      ELEM PARENT, VICE - CHAIR
  • Chastity Hanners              ELEM PARENT
  • Sandy Ohman                   ELEM PARENT
  • Laura Clark                       MS PARENT
  • Amy Michaelis                  MS PARENT, CHAIR
  • Carley DeGaetano           MS PARENT
  • Raymond Sanders           HS PARENT
  • Sharon Patrick                 HS PARENT (post 12)
  • Kadie Mullins                   ELEM TEACHER
  • Eleeta Sue Hopkins         ESE COORDINATOR, SECRETARY
  • Heather Whetstone        K-12 TEACHER
  • Tishian Rottjer                 MS TEACHER    
  • Karen Hook                      HS TEACHER
  • Marissa Pendley              PRE-K SPECIALIST
  • Efrain Alejandro              ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Amanda Wiles                      EXEC. DIR., ESE ex officio member

ESE Family Resources

Following our fall ESE Resource Fairs: Community Collaboration for Unique Abilities, Volusia County Schools’ Exceptional Student Education Department, Easterseals of Northeast Central Florida, and other agencies continue to partner to offer opportunities and support for our parents, caregivers, and families of students with disabilities.

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Meeting Information

ESE Advisory Committee meetings are held, virtually, and all are welcome to attend. Below are the meeting schedule and Microsoft Teams meeting links. Thank you.

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  • Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 5:30-6:45 pm

Microsoft Teams meeting

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Meeting ID: 293 827 990 897
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Phone Conference ID: 772 206 575#

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  • Monday, November 13, 2023, 5:30-6:45 pm

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Meeting ID: 249 240 934 894
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Phone Conference ID: 499 130 029#

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  • Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 5:30-6:45 pm

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Meeting ID: 276 283 960 440
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Phone Conference ID: 405 578 868#

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  • Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 5:30-6:45 pm

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Meeting ID: 276 127 277 125
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Phone Conference ID: 307 461 5#

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 5:30-6:45 pm

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Meeting ID: 242 766 688 924
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Phone Conference ID: 270 439 10#

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  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 5:30-6:45 pm

Microsoft Teams meeting

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Meeting ID: 260 050 738 742
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Phone Conference ID: 867 116 723#

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  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 5:30-6:45 pm

Microsoft Teams meeting

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Meeting ID: 251 458 345 574
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Phone Conference ID: 591 245 484#

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Vision Statement

In an environment of mutual respect and trust, the ESE Advisory Committee, families, and professionals dedicated to collaborative interaction among schools, service agencies, and the public, will inspire advocacy for students with special needs, provide support for their families, enhance education, and foster community partnerships.

Mission Statement

The ESE Advisory Committee will meet on a regular basis to gain information on issues that pertain to students served in Exceptional Student Education in Volusia County. Committee members will work together in an advisory capacity to share this information with families, teachers and service providers, to positively impact the lives of children and those who care for them. The committee will also provide feedback relating to these issues to the school district.

Our Purpose

  • To act as a communication link between the various agencies represented on the committee and the school
  • To participate in identifying resources throughout the community to provide support for ESE programs
  • To advise and provide support to district ESE for new ESE program development as well as improvement of existing ones
  • To serve as a resource to the superintendent, school board, staff and families
  • To advocate on behalf of the ESE community by serving as a communication link between the school board, school administrators, and parents of students with special needs