Special Education Services

Michael McGaughey - Director of Special Education
814-827-2715 Ext. 1481
mmcgaughey@gorockets.org

Titusville Area School District has met or exceeded all LRE areas reported, and has also met AYP for attendance, graduation, academic performance and PSSA participation.  Titusville Area School District's  special education teachers and paraprofessionals meet the highly qualified (HQ) criteria.

Titusville Area School District
  works collaboratively with Riverview Intermediate Unit (IU6), Pattan, Edinboro University, Clarion University, and the Gertrude A. Barber Center to provide trainings and in-service activities to both the regular education and special education staff.
    
There is a high percentage of parent participation in annual and review IEP meetings.  The Titusville Area School District
  and IU6 offer informational meetings to The Titusville Area School District  parents through brochures, and/or announcements in the newspapers about meetings and the IU6 has a parent mentoring program available to all parents of children with special needs.

Identifying Students with Learning Disabilities


Titusville Area School District offers a district-wide screening process for all children, focusing on 4-6 year old children entering school, during registration for the pre-school and Kindergarten program to identify any students who may be in need of special services. Students transitioning from Head Start and IU Early Intervention programs into District operated programs already identified as needing special services, continue to receive appropriate services, as determined by the IEP team.

Referrals made by teacher and/or parent(s), beginning in Kindergarten and extending through grade 12 are used as a means to refer students for a multi-disciplinary evaluation to determine needs for special education services.  District-wide achievement test scores at various grade levels are reviewed annually by building administrator(s) and the psychologist to determine which students may be in need of special services.  The Titusville Area School District  uses both a significant discrepancy model and Response to Intervention (RTI) model to identify students.

Transfer student records are reviewed upon registration.  Parents are asked if the student received any kind of special education services at the previous school.  Complete educational records are requested from the sending school district and upon receipt reviewed.  Officials from the sending school district are personally contacted to discuss student needs and services.

Printed materials are available in each building which instructs parents on how to request a multi-disciplinary evaluation. Annual announcements to parents on how to obtain assistance if they feel their child is in need of special service  are printed in the district-wide school newspaper "School Matters," which is distributed to all tax payers.  Information guides parents through the process of how to request an evaluation for their child.  The District's student and parent handbooks contain information for parents who feel their child may have special needs, including how to request an evaluation.

Regardless of how the child is referred for evaluation all regulations, procedures, and time lines are followed by the District as outlined by federal and state law from initiation through completion of the multi-disciplinary evaluation.

CINDY J COLE
SPECIAL EDUCATION SECRETARY
ccole@gorockets.org
Office Phone: (814) 827-2715
1480
THOMAS P HANCOCK
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST (TMS/THS)
thancock@gorockets.org
Office Phone: (814) 827-2715 x 2432
Mr. Hancock has been part of the Titusville community since 1992 and has worked as a School Psychologist in the Titusville Area School District (TASD) since 1993. Mr. Hancock was born and raised in Batavia New York and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Allegheny College. He received his Master’s Degree in School Psychology from Alfred University in 1993. His current duties are to provide an array of psychological services to students at TMS/THS.

In addition to his academic duties, Mr. Hancock has been a strong proponent of student extracurricular involvement. He has coached football, wrestling, and/or both at all levels for the better part of two decades. Currently, Mr. Hancock is an assistant coach for the Varsity/JV football team and coaches the middle school wrestling program. He is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Titusville Education Association (TEA), National Wrestling Coaching Association (NWCA) and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). Additionally, he is a member of the Crawford County Suicide Task Force (CCSTF) and the Crawford County Educational Subcommittee (CCES). He and his wife live in Pleasantville with their three sons.
JENNIFER L KING
SPEECH THERAPIST
jking@gorockets.org
Office Phone: (814) 827-2715 x 5306
Mrs. King attended Edinboro University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences in May 2004 and her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in May 2006. She has been employed as a Speech Therapist in the Titusville Area School District since the 2006-2007 school year. Mrs. King holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Her current building assignments are Titusville Middle School and Main Street Elementary School.

HANNAH LEAMER
LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER
hleamer@gorockets.org

Miss Hannah Leamer graduated from Edinboro University and earned a B.S. in Special Education and Elementary Education. Miss Leamer had been employed as a Clinical Instructor at Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center prior to becoming employed here at Titusville Area School District. Miss Leamer is co-teaching English and Social Studies along with teaching a Social Studies Learning Support class.

Miss Leamer enjoys cooking, reading and watching the Penguins and the Pirates play.

RUTH A LEDONNE
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
rledonne@gorockets.org
Office Phone: (814) 827-2715 x 1209

Mrs. Ruth LeDonne graduated from North Allegheny High School and attended Point Park College majoring in education and minored in dance. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and a M.A. in School of Psychology from Duquesne University. Her previous experience before teaching in the Titusville School District was Adult Program Coordinator for ACLD, Head Start Special Education consultant, D.T. Watson Rehabilitation Hospital and Craig House Technoma for emotionally disturbed children.

Mrs. LeDonne enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, kitties, gardening, traveling, dancing and being a Steeler’s fan.

JEARETTA PROPER
INTERVENTION SPECIALIST
jproper@gorockets.org

Jearetta Proper is a graduate of Maplewood Jr./Sr. High School. She received her B.S in Elementary and Special Education from Edinboro University in 2011. She spent two years as a day to day substitute teacher in both Titusville Area and PENNCREST School Districts prior to being hired by Titusville Area School District to teach at the Titusville Middle School. Ms. Proper will be teaching the T6 Language Arts class, as well as 6th grade skills. She will also serve as an intervention specialist.

 

Out side of school Ms. Proper serves as a Sunday School and Jr. Church teacher at Little Cooley United Methodist Church, where she is also the church treasurer. She enjoys spending time helping on her families dairy farm in Townville.
KATIE A WITOSKY
LEARNING SUPPORT
kwitosky@gorockets.org
Office Phone: (814) 827-2715 x 7021
Katie is a 1998 graduate of Titusville High School.  She graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2002 and received duel certification in Early Childhood Educations and Special Education.  She also earned a Master's degree in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University in 2011.

Katie has been employed with the Titusville Area School District since 2008.  She is currently the Learning Support teacher at the ECLC.  Before coming to Titusville, Katie taught 1st grade in Palm Beach County, Florida.  Outside of teaching at the ECLC, Katie enjoys teaching dance classes to your children at A Dancer's Reflection in Titusville and spending time at home with her husband and little boy.
TERESA T ZDARKO
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
tzdarko@gorockets.org
Office Phone: (814) 827-2715 x 2102
Teresa (Tracey) Zdarko is a native of Titusville, Pennsylvania having graduated from THS in 1989. After graduating from Clarion University of Pennsylvania,  she went on to Virginia to teach for 3 years in a life skills classroom. She then returned to Titusville in 1997 and began teaching between the Junior High, Cherrytree and Hydetown elementary.  She currently teaches 8th grade science and 6th grade science as well as being an intervention specialist at Titusville Middle School.

  
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