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Special Education Plan

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OT/PT Resources


Highland Park ISD – Special Education Services

     Mailing Address:                                            Physical Address:  

             PO Box 30430                                              15300 Amarillo Blvd East  

 Amarillo, TX 79120                                      Amarillo, TX 79108


     Department Fax: 806-335-4705


Mission Statement:

To serve the needs of our students and their families while providing a safe, positive, and effective learning atmosphere to meet each student's individual needs.  Helping each student grow emotionally, socially, and academically in order for them to lead fulfilling and productive lives and be contributing members of our society.

Kristi Waters, MEd

Special Education Director

Senate Bill 139 Special Education Updates (Eng)

Senate Bill 139 Special Education Updates (Span)


  District Personnel 

   Kristi Waters              Special Ed. Director/Lead Diagnostician/Secondary Diagnotician/Transition Coordinator

                                       322-3770 or Ext: 171


  Jackie Sellinger            Special Education Secretary

                                        322-3784 or Ext: 104


   April Bullard                  LSSP-Secondary, Diagnostician

                                         322-3777 or Ext: 200


   Misti Bryant                   LSSP-Elementary

                                         322-3774 or Ext.253


   Amanda Schaumburg    Speech/Language Pathologist

                                           322-3710 or Ext: 157


   Claudia Cera                Behavior Intervention

                                           335-3794 or Ext: 328

   Karie Eagleston           District Life Skills

                                        Ext. 129 

   Jessie Smith                Paraprofessional-District Life Skills

   Tiana Brown                Paraprofessional-District Life Skills

  Elementary Personnel

  Delisa Hendrick          Elementary Learning Lab

                                     Ext: 156

  Jeanie Brown              ESCE/Resource

                                      Ext:  307

  Andrea Black               Paraprofessional-Learning Lab

  Aimee Goodman          Paraprofessional-5th Grade

  Maddy Eisenman         Paraprofessional-4th Grade

  Elizabeth Newry           Paraprofessional-3rd Grade

  Ashley Ryan                 Paraprofessional-2nd Grade

  Heather Brau                Paraprofessional-1st Grade

  Merlinda Hernandez     Paraprofessional-KG

  Elizabeth Nickson         Paraprofessional-ESCE Resource


Secondary Personnel 

 Amanda Smithee        Paraprofessional, Secondary Life Skills/Self-Contained


Rebecca Crowl            Paraprofessional-Inclusion


Briana Maloy                Paraprofessional-Inclusion


Laura Sanders             Paraprofessional-Inclusion



 Special Education Teachers

  Ginger Tucker               Middle School Resource, ELA/Math

                                        Ext: 108

  Ralph Shemwell            High School Resource, Math

                                         Ext: 109

  Michelle DeShong         High School Resource, ELA

                                         Ext: 313






Highland Park Special Education Handbook

Handle With Care

Legal Framework

Dyslexia Handbook

Graduation Toolkit

ECSE/ Resource

Transition from ECI to Preschool

Transition Planning

Child Find

Mental Health Resources in Amarillo 

Notice for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Need Special Education Services English

Notice for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Need Special Education Services Spanish

State Assessments/Accommodations

Highland Park Special Education Operating Guidelines: Please Contact Kristi Waters, Director at 806-322-3770 for information.