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Special Education Services:

Families are encouraged to seek information and support through the Connecticut State Department of Education’s:

COVID-19: Resources for Families and Educators 


Special Education Guidance and Resources for COVID-19

Week of June 15th - June 19th


Elementary (PK-5Special Education 

Dear Students and Families of New London Public Schools,  

  • Students will continue to receive ELA/Math and Science from their classroom teachers and special education teacher based on their learning needs.
  • Students will have the opportunity to work with paraeducators on the See Saw Platform with their special education teachers.
  • PPT’s have started.
  • Students and teachers have been using the TEAMS platform for small group “live” instruction.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at: or 860-938-2211 


Stay Safe and Healthy 

Kim Fentress 

Supervisor of Special Education PK-5 




PPT Meetings

At this time NLPS will not being holding PPT meetings based on guidance from our state and federal governments. You will be notified when we resume. Until that time all current IEP’s will stay in effect. 

Listed below by area is how we will be providing interim alternative learning opportunities for students who qualify for Special Education and/or 504 Services.

Special Education Classes

If your child receives services from a special education teacher, you will be receiving a separate letter that will explain in detail how to access curriculum and materials.  In addition, special education teachers will be working in collaboration with the classroom teachers and various other support staff to continue providing support for all students. If you have questions, please contact:

Valerie Kelsey – Executive Director of School and Family Support Services

Kim Fentress – Elementary Special Education Supervisor

Erika Bammerlin – Secondary Special Education Supervisor


Speech and Language 

Each of our speech and language therapists will be directly in touch with each family to discuss how they might provide distance learning speech and language activities. This will be done on an individual basis.

Renee C. Lacourciere  |  Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School


Darlene Stefanski  |  New London High School


Sabrina Hosmer & Marcia Winkler |  Jennings Elementary School


Chandra Grisanty |  Nathan Hale Elementary School


Susan Schlank |  ISAAC


Kate Gray (K-5) & Alexa Cox (Pre-K)  |  Harbor Elementary School


Paige True  |  Winthrop Elementary School


Lisa Hellen  |  Winthrop/Nathan Hale  Elementary School


Ursula Tarazona, Bilingual SLPA

All district schools


School Counseling

If your child receives in school counseling services, a school psychologist or social worker will be contacting each family directly to design an individualized plan for continued support, if they haven't done so already.

Central Office

Carrie Rivera, School Psychologist Department Head,


Winthrop STEM Elementary School

Kristina Ciotto, Social Worker,

Chelsey Green, School Psychologist,

Rachel Newer, Social Worker,


CB Jennings International Elementary Magnet

Joseph Fallacaro, School Psychologist,

Gloria Rodriguez, Social Worker,


Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School

Rebecca Wilcox, School Psychologist

Cheryl Potter, Social Worker


Harbor Elementary School

Brogen Olsen, School Psychologist,

Marc Tardiff, Social Worker


BDJ Multi-Magnet Middle School Campus

Karyn Hester, School Psychologist

Jamie Irwin, Social Worker

Amy Griffin, Social Worker


NLHS Multi-Magnet Campus

Yarimar Ortiz-Frontera, School Psychologist

Sarah Kadden, Social Worker,


School Counselors
Our School Counselors have been reaching out to students and families and are available by email for assistance with grades, transcripts, scholarships, applications, resource links and other related services that students have.  Please see below for your counselors contact information.
High School Counselors
Department Chair, Rosa Maria Lemus:
Jennifer Occhionero:
Kasimu Fletcher:
Jennie Levine:
Amanda Ahlcrona:
Laura Sangster:
Middle School Counselors
Tedman Martinez:
Kimberly Molina:
Kayla Montalvo:

BCBA support

Our BCBA’s will be working directly with the special education teacher they are assigned to help them provide ongoing support to the student and family.


Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy

Each OT and OTA, PT and PTA will be in direct contact with each student's family, as well as the student’s classroom teacher, to determine ongoing supports.

Brianna Nadeau:

Kyle Choisy:

Coleen Sutherland:

Mary Banks:

Nicole Roberts:

Jacqueline Ingham:

Krisa Verno:

Debra Norman:

Joel Reinholtz:

Kathy Bellas:

Amy Lequire:


504 Students 

At this time NLPS will not being holding 504 meetings based on guidance from our state and federal governments. You will be notified when we resume. Until that time all current 504 plans will stay in effect.

Each personnel assigned as the 504 case manager will be in contact with families to discuss supports. They additionally will be working with classroom teachers on accommodations for classwork. If you have general questions, please contact: 

Hillary Parzych   -


There are a multitude of resources available. This department has asked our individual teachers and support personnel to share appropriate resources specific to their students. Below is one general resource link that parents may find helpful.

Curated resources for those working with individuals who have developmental disabilities. -

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