Special Education & Services Department

Special Education & Services Department

Mission Statement:  To meet the educational needs of all students through equitable services and individualized instruction in the Least Restrictive Environment in order to reach their fullest potential and to be career and college ready.test



*  We believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that the educational rights for students and families are communicated and respected.
*  We believe in an inclusive philosophy of collaboration among stakeholders that will guide decision making toward meeting student needs.
*  We value Least Restrictive Environment opportunities for all students.
*  We value providing educational supports to teachers so that they can provide appropriate instruction, utilize technology, and have access to educational resources that enhance academic growth.
*  We value the unique needs and abilities of students and commit to enhancing instruction to meet the needs of their educational experience.


Special Education Disability Areas in Illinois

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech/Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment



  • Assessments are completed as needed for determining eligibility for special education services
  • Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are developed for students requiring specially designed instruction
  • Special Transportation is provided for students who require this to access the educational curriculum
  • Transition planning and supports for students 14.5 years old and older


Evaluation Can Include:

  • Audiological Evaluation
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological/Educational
  • Social Emotional/Developmental Assessments
  • Speech and Language


Department Staff Include:

  • Audiologist
  • Auxiliary (class) Aides
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teachers
  • Occupational Therapist and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Physical Therapist and Physical Therapy Assistant
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers
  • Special Education Supervisors
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired


The Special Services Department receives referrals for special education evaluation from a variety of sources.  A referral can be initiated by any staff person, parent, or agency.  For preschool aged children, Child and Family Connections, other 0-5 year old agencies and parents may make a referral.  Pre-K screenings may also result in a referral for evaluation.  For students of school age, concerns should be brought to the Response to Intervention, Child Study Team.  All referrals for special education evaluation should be given to the Principal of the home school of the student.


East St. Louis School District 189 is committed to providing quality educational services in the least restrictive environment.  We look forward to working collaboratively to meet the needs of all students within the district.


Kimberly Hopkins                                              
Director of Special Education  
P: 618-646-3146 
Ramonda Fleming
Assistant Director of Special Education
P: 618-646-3053