The Plainfield Public School District
Example 1

Special Education, Gifted & Psychological Services

The Department of Special Education provides quality coordinated special education programs and other related support services for 974 students with disabilities as mandated by N.J. C.A 6A:14. Twenty-seven dedicated full time professionals coordinate the provision of seven distinctly different programs and multiple related services to 15 in-district schools and many out of district schools.  Special Education programs are also critical in the development of activities to address a variety of global school-based issues and concerns surrounding achievement and maximizing student potential. The department provides professional development for district support personnel in areas of state mandated training, best practices for instruction and specific areas of disabilities.

Additionally the department works collaboratively with general education programs and Intervention and Referral Services to provide early intervening services and reduce referrals with programs to assist students whose academic performance is negatively impacted by academic, social, emotional, behavior and health issues.

Tangible/Measurable Evidence
  • Increase inclusive programming throughout the district
  • Support district staff on all Special Education Program Mandates
  • Expand district programming to include all students with special needs
  • Improve student achievement
Special Education Programs
  Project Child Find
The Plainfield Public Schools Special Education Advisory Group
  The mission of the PPS-SEPAG is to empower parents to become effective advocates by providing a network for communication, access to relevant information, training for parents, family support services through inclusion and acceptance in all areas of ability.
Below is a list of the SEPAG Executive Board Members that are available to assist parents with questions or concerns as they navigate the Special Education Process. Please refer to your school for the contact person. PRESCHOOL PARENTS please use the contact for your neighborhood/home school.
School SEPAG Representative Contact Information
Barlow Sheree Davis
Cedarbrook Michelle Parello
Clinton Taleana Hurst
Cook Sheila Cisson
Emerson Sheila Cisson
Evergreen Karen Gore  
Jefferson Taleana Hurst
Out Of District Taleana Hurst
Out Of District Sheree Davis
Stillman Karen Gore  
Washington Michelle Parello
Woodland Taleana Hurst
Hubbard Karen Gore  
Maxson Sheree Davis
PAAAS Taleana Hurst
PHS Troy McCray

Contact Information

General Contact Information
1200 Myrtle Ave
Plainfield, New Jersey 07063
Room 306
Telephone: 908-731-4379
Fax: 908-731-4404

Dr. Antoinette Adams
Vice Principal of Special Education Gifted & Psychological Services
(908) 731-4200 Ext. 5205

Ms. Elizabeth Filippatos
Coordinator of Special Education Programs

Secretaries:     Ext:  
  Sharon Lopresti   5195
  Joanne Brown   5196
  Lissette Ferreras   5194
  Rosita Blackman   5197

Child Study Teams and Related Services Providers

LDT-Cs                         Ext.

School Psychologists      Ext.

Social  Workers            Ext

Judith Lescarret            5333

Ray Aboff                         5334

Mortel Grant-Giles          5199

Donna Brown                5332

Cassandra Batts                5207

Claudine Lewis               5203

Robert Larsen               5206

Kanan Shah                      5210

Yvonne Hernandez-Padilla 5335

Tabitha Wamakema      5249

Sandra Smiley                  5201

Melissa Remo                 5204

Marlene Rosenblum       5201

Leorah Weiss                    5200

Shana Solomon-Christian 5209

Lucero Marques            5208

Claudia Branco                 5475

Alece Dikerson                5261



Karen Richards               5111



Speech Specialists

Dr. Nancy Durant

Dr. Ira Morganstern

Cynthia Davis


Dr. Kavita Sinha

Tracy Easley



Vinette Klisch



Patty Lewis



Tamara Griffith



Laurel Thurston



Courtney Regula



Jennifer Schwartz

Plainfield Public School’s Teaching Staff
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