Welcome to East Palestine City School District

Special Services Department

Kim Russo, Director of Student Services

Rachele Karabin, School-Aged Psychologist

Brielle Schuler, Preschool Psychologist

Related Service Providers

Rachel Robey

School-Aged Speech Pathologist

Janet Carulli

Preschool Speech Pathologist

Staci Gorcheff

ESC Classroom Speech Pathologist & Augmentative Communication Evaluator

Nicole Irwin

PK - 12 Physical Therapist

Lauren Stepanian

Occupational Therapist

Megan Molnar

Preschool Occupational Therapist

Elementary Intervention Specialists

Danitra DiLisio

Preschool Intervention Specialist

Dori Kadlecik

Kindergarten & 1st Intervention Specialist

Hannah Prentice

2nd & 3rd Intervention Specialist

Ashley Murphy

3rd & 4th Intervention Specialist

Jen Congemi

K - 12 Reading Specialist

Annette Szekel

ESC Classroom Intervention Specialist

Additional Information

The East Palestine City School District is required to locate all children who may have disabilities, ages birth through 21, who reside within its boundaries.  Special Education services are available in our schools for any child identified with a disability ages 3 through 21.  If you have a child or know of a child you suspect may have a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and who reside in East Palestine City school District, please call the East Palestine Department of Student Services at 330-426-5310 or contact your building principal.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services for those children. The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education (ohio.gov)