School District 89 provides a free and appropriate public education for all students with disabilities who are three years of age through eighth grade. The District provides programs and appropriate related services for students in order to have access to and gain benefit from the regular education curriculum.

Working together, our goal is to ensure the well-being of our students academically, emotionally, & socially. It is our responsibility to provide an environment that will prepare students to pursue college or career opportunities through meaningful learning experiences the realization of your child’s academic and social growth.

906 Walton Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160
Phone: (708) 450-4225
Fax: (708) 410-1707

Suzanne Bement, Executive Director of Student Services
• Student Discipline, District Record Custodian, Homeless Liaison, Administrative Procedures, Parental Concerns, Special Education Programming and Services

Anna Marie Candelario, Assistant Director of Student Services
• Supporting Special Education Staff, Special Education Curriculum, Child Find, Extended School Year, Professional Development, Specialized Programs Support, Move-In Students, Alternative State Testing DLM Training/Compliance, Accommodations for Assessments

Lauren Pace, Early Childhood Coordinator
• Preschool for All (PFA), Supports Student Medical Needs and Health Staff, Preschool Screenings, Early Intervention (EI) to Early Childhood (EC) transitions, Individual Service Plans (ISP) & Timely Meaningful Consultation, Supports Related Services Providers, Assistive Technology, Health Medicaid, Placement of Students in EC Programs

Sara Bates, Diagnostic and Behavior Supervisor
• Supervises and supports Behavior Intervention Specialists (BIS), Social Workers, McKinney Vento, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Programming and Curriculum, Substance Abuse Programming, Alternatives to Suspensions, Restorative Practices, Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs), Attendance & Truancy, Crisis Intervention, Threat Assessments, 504 Plans, Mental Health Referrals, Homebound and Hospitalizations, West 40 Advocates

Christine Giannola, Student Services Support Supervisor
• Supports Private and Therapeutic Placement, Special Education Transitions between grades: PreK – K, 5th – 6th and 8th – High School, Special Education Support

Maria Avila-Munoz, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Student Services 708-450-4225
• Student Services Questions

Janet Moreno, Claims Coordinator
• Grant and Compliance Monitoring

Brenda Guerrero, PFA Parent Liaison 708-450-4224
• Transportation/ Preschool Questions/EI to EC Questions

America Torres, PFA Program Assistant 708-450-2460 ext 1153
• Preschool Questions/EI to EC Questions