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Exceptional Student Education (ESE) & Student Services


During the first two weeks of October, Florida celebrates Disability Awareness Weeks

For more information on Disability History and Awareness go to the following links:


October 13 - 19 is Gifted Education Week


Director:  Kerry Terrell

Mailing:  P.O. Box 1678, Wauchula, Florida 33873

Location:  200 South Florida Avenue   Wauchula, Fl 33873   Phone - 863 773-2600  Fax - 863 773-4614


Exceptional Student Education (ESE) provides services to over 700 students identified as disabled or gifted.

The primary goal of the department is to ensure that our students are provided a Free, Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The Exceptional Student Education Department is always striving for academic success and we are committed to giving exceptional students the means of achieving success by delivering the highest quality of service and working on the goals as specified on each student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

A full continuum of programs and related services are offered to students from preschool through high school in accordance with their Individual Educational Plans (IEP).

The Exceptional Student Education Department and grounds are a Tobacco Free Campus.


School Psychologists:   (863) 773-2600

Alicia Jefferson-Walker 

Dr. Brett Stoltz 

Dr. Courtney Plotts 



Staffing Specialists:

Angela Spornraft   (863) 773-2600

Sarah Parks  (863) 773-2600


Speech/Language Pathologists:

Sonya Rasmussen   (863) 735-1221

Shannon Beattie  (863) 773-3147

Laina Palmer   (863) 773-2183

Katie Moye   (863) 773-3141

Joyce Oliver-Fulse  (863) 375-2288



Other ESE Personnel:  (863) 773-2600

Brianna Balch, Teacher of Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing 

Amanda Blas, Teacher of Visually Impaired

Gina Neuhofer, FDLRS Child Find Specialist

Donna Raney, Occupational Therapist

Christopher Martinez, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant


School-Based Mental Health Providers:  (863) 773-2600

Vickie Belcher, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Micah Hendrickson, Social Worker

Carla O'Conovan, Social Worker


Support Staff:  (863) 773-2600

Margarita Olvera, ESE District Office Manager

Kim Lowe,  ESE Data Coordinator

Our Vision:
Empower and inspire all students for success.

Our Mission:
To provide all students a high-quality education in a nurturing and
creative environment to develop responsible citizens.

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communication to or from our state officials regarding
state business are public records that are available to the public and media upon request.