Student Services

The Department of Special Education provides quality coordinated special education programs and other related support services for 974 students with disabilities as mandated by N.J. C.A 6A:14. Twenty-seven dedicated full time professionals coordinate the provision of seven distinctly different programs and multiple related services to 15 in-district schools and many out of district schools. Special Education programs are also critical in the development of activities to address a variety of global school-based issues and concerns surrounding achievement and maximizing student potential. The department provides professional development for district support personnel in areas of state mandated training, best practices for instruction and specific areas of disabilities.

Additionally the department works collaboratively with general education programs and Intervention and Referral Services to provide early intervening services and reduce referrals with programs to assist students whose academic performance is negatively impacted by academic, social, emotional, behavior and health issues.

Tangible/Measurable Evidence

  • Increase inclusive programming throughout the district
  • Support district staff on all Special Education Program Mandates
  • Expand district programming to include all students with special needs
  • Improve student achievement

Special Education Programs

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Contact Information
General Contact Information
1200 Myrtle Ave
Plainfield, New Jersey 07063
Room 306
Telephone: 908-731-4379
Fax: 908-731-4404

Ms. Elizabeth Filippatos
Executive Director of Special Services

Ms. Alicia Archibald
Supervisor of Special Services

Shana Solomon-Christian 5235
Child Study Teams Coordinator

Secretaries: Ext:
Sharon Lopresti 5195
Joanne Brown 5196
Rosita Blackman 5197

Child Study Teams and Related Services Providers

LDT-Cs Ext.

School Psychologists Ext.

Social Workers Ext

Donna Brown 5332


Claudine Lewis 5203

Robert Larsen 5206

Kanan Shah 5210


Tabitha Wamakema 5249

Sandra Smiley 5201

Melissa Remo 5204

Cindi Eckstein 5201

Leorah Weiss 5200


Lucero Marques 5208

Claudia Branco 5475


Karen Richards 5111



Speech Specialists

Dr. Nancy Durant

Dr. Kavita Sinha




Ayesha Howard 5453

Patty Lewis

Lissette Ferreras 5454 

Tamara Griffith

Laurel Thurston

Courtney Regula


Plainfield Public School's Teaching Staff
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