Special Education Department

Welcome to Special Education

The Lorain City School District serves students with special needs from age 3 to age 21 as required by federal law.  Lorain City Schools offers specialized services under IDEA and state laws for students with disabilities in the areas of Specific Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, Hearing Impairments, Visual Impairments, Speech and Language Disorders, Multiple Disabilities, Emotional Disturbances, and Other Health Impairments.  Students eligible for services participate in the least restrictive environment possible, and are included in the regular classroom with their typical peers as determined by their Individualized Education Program designed to meet their unique educational needs.

An Individual Educational Plan is developed for each special needs student. Parents meet with appropriate Lorain City Schools’ staff to determine annual educational goals and an educational plan, including necessary accommodations and services. Services can include speech and language services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavior modification, special instruction through intervention specialists and other specialized services designed to ensure that each child's educational needs are met.


Linda Coad, Executive Director
(440) 830-4041

Laurie McKenzie, Coordinator
(440) 830-4043

Susanne Silva, Supervisor, English Learners
(440) 830-4130
Michelle Barbosa, Coordinator, Gifted Program
(440) 830-4042
Fax (440) 277-5566
Amarily Figueroa, Executive Secretary
(440) 830-4044

Yadira Narváez, Special Education Bilingual Assistant
(440) 233-2396

Special Education Supervisors

Sam Collier | Secondary
  • Lorain High Success Academy
  • Education Alternatives
  • PEP/Prentiss/Willow Creek/Phoenix
 Roshelle Dewey | Elementary 
  • Frank Jacinto
  • Admiral King
  • Garfield
  • Elementary AU scholarship/Jon Peterson Scholarship.
 Wendy Faircloth | Secondary 
  • Secondary AU/JSPN Scholarship
  • General Johnnie Wilson
  • Southview
  • Longfellow
Lindsey Peters | Secondary
  • Lorain High School
Brittany Remaklus | Elementary
  • Helen Steiner Rice
  • Palm
  • Stevan Dohanos
  • Washington
  • St. Peters/St. Anthony
Hillary Rios | Elementary
  • Toni Morrison
  • Hawthorne
  • Larkmoor
  • Murray Ridge

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