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Special Education Services

The West Jefferson Hills School District provides a personalized learning curriculum to meet the needs of every student. Special Education services provide support programs with teams of trained personnel in each of the five schools to assist and guide students who are experiencing learning or social emotional difficulties. Our staff have been trained in Safety-Care Behavioral Safety Training, a leading crisis prevention training course focusing on how to prevent behavioral challenges, de-escalate early and manage behaviors safely. The curriculum is founded upon evidence-based research in the areas of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) which we believe offers our staff and those we serve with the best strategies available. Safety-Care is consistent with our goal to maintain a comfortable, safe and learning environment and it meets or exceeds the accreditation standards outlined by CARF, JCAHO, COA and other agencies concerned with quality care. If you have additional questions regarding Safety-Care and its implementation, don’t hesitate to ask. For more more information, please see our staff listing below. 


Jade Fiore
Director of Special Education/Pupil Personnel
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Lauryn Gray
Secondary School Psychologist
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Dr. Marissa Reed
Elementary School Psychologist
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Candice Mendicino
Special Education Secretary/Enrollment Grades K-5 

Sharon Palonis
Special Education Secretary/Enrollment Grades 6-12
[email protected] 


We are proud to offer the PAES Program to our students beginning the winter of 2021!  A classroom at Thomas Jefferson High School has been transformed into the "Jaguar Job Lab" where students become employees and teachers become employers. The PAES Lab assesses a student's competitive work potential and interest level, while simultaneously exploring various jobs, using real tools, and developing proper work behaviors in the following five areas: Computer Technology, Constructions/Industrial, Processing/Production, Consumer/Service, and Business/Marketing. Click here for additional information on the PAES Lab at TJ.

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