Welcome To Special Education


    • Welcome to the Special Services Department

      Glendale Elementary School District is committed to ensuring best first instruction of the Common Core and pro-social skills using student achievement and behavioral data to differentiate for each child. GESD provides a full continuum of services that address student needs from Pre-Kindergarten (age three through five) students to 8th grade.

      The GESD Special Education Department is committed to working collaboratively with parents in order make the best educational decisions for students with identified disabilities. The purpose of the Special Education Department website is to provide resources to the GESD community related to educating students with disabilities. If you suspect your child (including preschooler) has a physical, mental, or emotional disability, please confer with your local school principal to discuss your concerns. Each school has a special services team to address student needs, develop interventions, and engage in pre-referral evaluation and case management activities. Our special education programs include self-contained classrooms, cross-categorical resources, and supportive services in the regular classroom. As much as possible, special needs students are educated at their neighborhood schools within regular classrooms. Severely disabled students are served in specially equipped District programs located at various District schools. The District also offers services to student's attending private or parochial schools within the district.

      Notice of Nondiscrimination

      Students, their parents, and employees of the Glendale Elementary School District are hereby notified that this School District does not discriminate and is required by Title VI, VII, Title IX, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, treatment, or employment in its services and activities. 

      Additional Resources

      The following links provided will connect to the Arizona State website to assist with any questions one may have regarding state compliance for special education programs and procedural safeguards.

      State Compliances
      Procedural Safeguards 
      Procedural Safteguards (Español)



  • Director of Special Education 
    Carol Lettieri
    (623) 237-7148

    Special Education Administrative Secretary

    Veronica Virgil
    (623) 237-7148

    Special Education Coordinator
    Dr. John Hecht Jr
    (623) 237-7249

    Special Education Achievement Advisor
    Tracey Regan
    (623) 237-7179

    Compliance and Records Specialist
    Sue Dunn
    (623) 237-7145

    Medicaid Budget Technician
    Elba Dakey Acopa
    (623) 237-7223

    Preschool Administrative Secretary
    Zuri Perez
    (623) 237-7174

    Preschool Secretary
    Verenise Aguayo
    (623) 237-7168

    Special Education Fax Number
    (623) 237-7294

    Special Education Records Request