Special Programs

Billye Trader
Executive Director, 
Special Programs 

Julia Walton
Secretary to the Executive Director 

Jennifer Upshaw
Director,  Special Programs

Jessica Sanchez

Jade Bittel
Intern - Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Renee Brillantes
Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

Stacey Brittain
Mental Health Trainer of Trainers

Jaime Cunningham
Youth Service Specialist 

Anderle Desronvil
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Candice Ekpin
Physical Therapist

Daniela Garza
Speech Language Pathologist Asst.

Natali Garza
Speech Language Pathologist

Lisa Gilbert
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Sherman Gooden
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Tessa Harvick
Mental Health Counselor

Nancy Haynes
ARD Clerk

Sonia Hernandez
Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

Patience Hobbs
Speech-Language Pathologist

Melony Hoyt
District Autism Specialist

Christine Hubbard
Educational Diagnostician

Sonia Jimenez
ARD Clerk

Kizzy Jones
District Behavioral Specialist

Wendy Kmiecik
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Charlotte Leagan
ARD Clerk

Jennifer Lopez
District Transition Specialist

Martin Marin
Youth Service Specialist 

Shari McElroy
ARD Facilitator

Roxanna Montalvo
Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist

Elva Moreno
Bilingual Educational Diagnostician

Brittany Mulkey
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Meghan Murphy
Occupational Therapist

Amy Murray
Educational Diagnostician

James Odom
Coord., Restorative Practices

Nancy Ojeda
General Ed. - Homebound

Andrea Paxton
ARD Facilitator

Jonathan Pena
Communities in School

Sarah Praytor
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Sherrita Rachal
Youth Services Specialist

Kay Ramirez
ARD Facilitator - La Porte H.S.

Cara Ramos
Occupational Therapist

Carrie Rife
Coordinator, Nurses

Leslie Rodriguez
Communities in School

Cynthia Rogers
Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Ericka Ross
ARD Facilitator

Leslie Ryan
ARD Clerk

Dana Singleton
Physical Therapist

Angela Styron
Occupational Therapist

Mario Villarreal
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Desiree Walker
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Cheryl Waller
Educational Diagnostician

Janet Zaborowski
Crisis Counselor

Aiding Students With Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education, Section 504 Services

For those students who are having difficulty in the regular classroom, all school districts and open enrollment charter schools must consider tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all students, including a process based on Response to Intervention (RtI). The implementation of RtI has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of districts and charter schools to meet the needs of all struggling students.

If your child is experiencing learning difficulties, you may contact your child's teacher, the campus counselor, the campus administrators, or the Special Programs department to learn about the school’s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including making a referral for a special education evaluation or for a Section 504 evaluation to determine if the student needs specific aids, accommodations, or services.  A parent may request an evaluation for special education or Section 504 services at any time. 

Procedural SafeguardsParent Guide to the ARD  La Porte ISD Special Education Administrative Procedures

SPEDTex: The Texas Special Education Information Center

This center provides resources to stakeholders across the state of Texas. Their purpose is to optimize information and respond with technical assistance in a succinct and useful format that is user friendly, culturally responsive, and accessible to all individuals. SPEDTex provides supportive state-wide leadership that promotes collaboration, meaningful communication and participation in the development and delivery of services to children with disabilities. Website: www.spedtex.org.  Email: inquire@spedtex.org.   Phone: 1-855-SPED-TEX (1-855-773-3839).