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ESE Services

ESE Team: Jennifer Doig, Angela Spadaro, Vanessa Banos, Liz Woodruff, Carmen Moorhouse,
Karen Lindsey, Kym Santman, Sharon Kraszewski, Alison McKenzie, and Kristina Johansson

Orienta Elementary School provides the following Exceptional Education programs and supports.

Pre-K VE

Liz Woodruff, Teacher & Carroll Lowery, Paraprofessional

The Pre-K VE Program is a self contained class for children ages 3 through 5 who are developmentally delayed. Most of the children receive services in one or more areas as stated in their IEP (Individual Education Plan). The children work on their social, pre-academic, and communication skills in the class and some receive services in Speech, Language, Occupational and Physical Therapy. Children are encouraged to take care of their personal needs independently and express themselves appropriately to adults and peers. Children are challenged to do their best and take pride in their achievements.

Pre-K VE Curriculum:

The Wright Skills is a comprehensive skill instruction program that sequentially teaches phonological and phonemic awareness, oral language development, letter recognition and formation, concepts of print, phonics, and word study.

Language for Learning is a comprehensive oral language program. Its features include: direct instruction, group and individual practice, statement-repetition exercises, and integration and review of all skills in the program.

Number Worlds is an intensive intervention and prevention program for grades Pre-K-1. It’s full of activities that build foundational math skills and prepare younger children to understand more complex concepts later.

Mild Intellectual Disablility

Kym Santman-Primary Teacher, Beth Michetti- ESE Assistant

The Mild Intellectual Disabilities classrooms are structured to provide support in several different developmental areas: reading, math, and adaptive behavior/social skills.  A variety of resources and curriculums are used to help students reach their fullest potential while working towards Sunshine State Standard Access Points set by the state and mastering individual goals on his/her IEP.

Such resources include ReadWell, Reading Mastery, Spelling Mastery, KeyMath Early Steps, Connecting Math Concepts, Accelerated Reader, 6+1 Writing Traits, and many others that provide comprehensive and developmentally appropriate learning for each individual child.

In addition, support personnel in speech/language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and augmentative communication are available to provide related services in accordance with each student's Individual Education Plan (IEP).


Specific Learning Disabilities – Sharon Kraszewski, SLD Teacher Kg-5th 

Students with Specific Learning Disabilities participate along with all of the other students in striving to master the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.  The SLD teacher provides services for children mainly through Inclusion based Support Facilitation, meaning that she goes into classrooms to facilitate instruction for SLD students and others when needed.

A Consultation model is also available, wherein the SLD teacher provides the Classroom teacher with strategies to use to support the SLD students.

Itinerant Speech/Language Services
– Angela Spadaro, MA CCC SLP

These services are provided to PK-5th grade students who are having difficulty with correct production of specific speech sounds that are not considered developmental.  Examples are students who lisp on the s & z sounds, produce w for r (wabbit) or omit the beginning or ending of a word.  These students are seen in a group setting. 

Services are also provided to students who have a moderate language delay.  Examples are students who have poor vocabulary, may not understand and correctly use verb tenses, or have difficulty asking/answering “wh” questions.  These students are also seen in a group setting.

For students to receive speech and/or language therapy, they have to be showing an academic deficit in the classroom and must go through the evaluation process. All evaluations are done by the Speech and Language Pathologist. Students then have to meet state eligibility requirements, and an Individual Education Plan can be created with the parents. The amount of time per week the students are seen varies based on their specific needs, as designated on their Individual Education Plan.

Students for whom English is a second language and are receiving services from ESOL should not be referred for language concerns.  The referral for language questions will be made by the ESOL teacher.   

If you are concerned about your child’s speech and/or language development, please contact their teacher.

– Karen Lindsey, Teacher of the Gifted, Kg-5th 

Gifted students may have the ability to see relationships, connections and associations, have an original way of thinking, can laugh at jokes that go over the heads of most of the class, have an aptitude for math, or have the ability to utilize a large vocabulary. The gifted student can offer many talents, but sometimes may not be perceived as being your best student. In fact, teachers and parents may drive themselves crazy trying to get them to complete basic or written tasks. However, they may perform well on standardized tests and open-ended activities.

If a student qualifies for gifted, they will attend a resource class one day a week. The gifted standards are global with objectives that address research, problem solving, creativity, logical and critical thinking, and the use of technology. There is a focus on affective, organizational and leadership skills. Our goal is for students to become a producer of knowledge.