“TEAMwork - Working Together for One Child at a Time”
Special Education Services are available to students from ages 3 through 21 who have been diagnosed with disabilities and require specialised instruction in order to make effective progress in accessing curriculum. Individualized special education programs (IEPs) are cooperatively developed by the student's individual planning team led by a TEAM chairperson, which includes parents, teacher, administrators and, when appropriate, a speech and language pathologiest, occupations therapist, school psychologist, and/or other specialists. These TEAMs make every effort to provide the appropriate special education program to children in a setting as close to the regular classroom as possible.
Many times the Special Education process can seem confusing to parents with new language, rules, expectations and forms. If, at any time, you have a question or concern regarding your child's progress or IEP do not hesitate to contact the Special Education TEAM Chairperson for your child's school. Their primary role is to assist parents and staff in, and through, the Special Education process. You may also contact the Special Education Administrator.
Determining Special Education Disability EligibilityThe Special Education Department has constructed a flowchart to show the steps in determining Special Education service eligibility for your child(ren), available in English, Spanish and Portuguese:
Contact UsBrittany SmeltekopDirector of Student Servicesbsmeltekop@ashland.k12.ma.usColleen BrewerAdministrative Assistantcbrewer@ashland.k12.ma.us
Linda LeeStudent Services Assistantllee@ashland.k12.ma.us
87 West Union Street
Ashland, MA 01721ph: 508-881-0155
CoordinatorsOut of District CoordinatorRobin Wurtzelrwurtzel@ashland.k12.ma.usph: 508-532-8062Grade Pre-KSara Davidsonsdavidson@ashland.k12.ma.usph: 508-881-0160Grades K-3Kathryn Bentkbent@ashland.k12.ma.usph: 508-532-8077Grades 4-7Heidi Mantheihmanthei@ashland.k12.ma.usph: 508-532-8056Grades 8-12Joshua Sanfordjsanford@ashland.k12.ma.usph: 508-532-8020