Special Education at Genesee Valley

  •  Office hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. during the school year. The office will be closed on school holidays.

    What is Special Education?

    Special Education refers to specially designed individualized instruction or special services or programs to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. If students are suspected of having a disability, they are referred to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE). If your child is eligible to receive special education services and programs, the Committee develops and implements an Individualized Education Program (IEP), which is based on initial evaluation results. If the student is ineligible, they may qualify to receive a 504 Plan.

    The Committee determines a student’s placement, ensuring that students are provided services in Least Restrictive Learning Environment (LRE). The Committee will meet on an annual basis to review the IEP. In addition, a reevaluation will be completed once every three years to review the student’s need for special education programs and services and to revise the IEP (as appropriate). Parents are an important part of this process, and your involvement is encouraged! Please contact us if you have any further questions, comments, and concerns.

     

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Mrs. Sarah Taylor

I have always had a passion for working with students with disabilities and making a difference in their lives. Each student has a variety of skills, interests, and learning styles. It is our job to support them along their journey as learners. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing students become successful and reach the goals that have been set for them. You will find that relationships are very important to me. Relationships with students, faculty, parents/guardians, and the community. Teamwork makes the dream work. Each member of our team is valuable and brings different skills sets that will help us achieve so much for our students. 

Director of Special Education
Committee on Special Education Chairperson
Committee on Preschool Special Education Chairperson
504 Coordinator

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staylor@genvalley.org
(585) 268-7904

 

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Dr. Kelly LaFever

Dr. LaFever attended St. Bonaventure University for her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and then went on to pursue her Doctorate in School Psychology at Alfred University. Dr. LaFever comes to us from Cuba-Rushford Central School where she worked as a School Psychologist for the last 6 years. Before Cuba-Rushford, she worked at Fillmore Central School and Beacon Light Behavioral Health.

School Pyschologist

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klafever@genvalley.org
585-268-7900, 1125

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Mrs. Linda Burdick

CSE/CPSE Secretary

Contact
lburdick@genvalley.org
(585) 268-7913