Parsippany-Troy Hills School District



The Path To Better Communication and Involvement

Upcoming Events

Theater for Children with Autism

State Organization on Arts and Disability Workshops

State Organization on Arts & Disability School & Community Program Offerings

Support Group for Parents of Aspergers Children


Special Olympics Program for Students 2-7 Years of Age

Arts Achievement Awards

PEC Board

Our Board is as follows:

  • Melissa Acree
  • Alison Cogan
  • Mike Cukrow
  • Mary Jo Jachym
  • Marla Lerman
  • Jennifer Patrick
  • Marie Pettoni
  • Mitsu Rajda
  • Anya Sheiffele

Parents and Professionals of Exceptional Children (PEC) is a Parsippany district-wide organization concerned with the needs of exceptional students.

We are a support group, an information network, and an advocacy group. During the school year we provide programs of interest to parents and caregivers, as well as professionals.

Attention Parents

If you are interested in joining or learning more about the PEC (Parents and Professionals of Exceptional Children) and receiving information about upcoming events, please send an e-mail to


  • To meet with those interested in promoting the educational, emotional and social welfare of all disabled children;
  • To make the public aware of the existence and needs of the exceptional child;
  • To give parents and guardians a forum to exchange ideas;
  • To inform parents and guardians of the educational services available;
  • To establish a line of communication among teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, parents and guardians;
  • To guarantee equal opportunity for all disabled students;
  • To aid parents and guardians in seeking their legal rights.


The district is required to identify educationally exceptional pupils and to provide to each a free, appropriate public education.

Our district employs the services of professionals who can evaluate a student, develop an IEP (Individualized Education Program), and provide a program for those eligible for special education.

The teacher is responsible for implementing the educational program, monitoring the daily program and communicating with the student, parent, and Child Study Team. Teachers plan activities so that students are afforded opportunities to learn.

The chief responsibility of the School Administrator is the supervision, evaluation and implementation of instruction. They are responsible for the administration and supervision of the entire school program. They also serve as chairperson of the Child Study Team.

The Child Study Team (CST) is the group of professionals assigned to the student's case to develop and oversee the implementation of the IEP. Parents/Guardians should regularly interface with this team, which consists of a Learning Consultant, School Psychologist, and Social Worker, and other members appropriate for the student's needs A Case Manager is assigned to every classified student.

Parents/Guardians work as partners with professionals in the decision making process. Parents may refer their child in writing to the CST. The Parent's/Guardian's signature is required before evaluations may be conducted by the CST, and before a child may begin an individualized education program.

Parents/Guardians should request a current copy of the New Jersey Administrative Code on Special Education and Parental Rights In Special Education (PRISE) in order to be fully informed of their rights.


The school district's Department of Pupil Personnel Services provides a number of support services to students.

One of the programs is a preschool for disabled students between the ages of three and five. This program provides structure within a warm and caring environment, using a multi-modality approach with related services provided. The options available to the preschool students are either a half day, or an extended day. All the classes have a teacher and at least one paraprofessional. The classes are located In the Lake Hiawatha School and Eastlake School, along with the PACE Preschool Programs.

Child Find activities are encouraged and additional information can be obtained from the Department of Pupil Personnel Services website.

Other special education programs are available throughout the district. They include self-contained classes and a resource program for educationally disabled students, in-class support, and out-of-district placements. These programs are tailored to meet the educational needs of classified students. Each student has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that stipulates the program and/or services needed. Inclusion in the mainstream is ongoing in both age-appropriate academic and nonacademic activities.

Related services such as speech, occupational therapy and physical therapy are also provided for disabled students. These services are specified In a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are related to the individual's educational needs. Certified professionals provide these services


The Department of Pupil Personnel Services can be reached at the following telephone number:
(973) 263-7200 ext. 7215

The Department of Pupil Personnel Services can be reached at the following E-mail address:
Anthony Giordano, [email protected]

The secret in education lies in respecting the student...
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you would like information regarding the referral, classification and/or placement of your child, you should contact the chairperson of the Child Study Team in the school that your child attends.

For more information about PEC and our monthly meetings, please contact your PEC board member.

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
-John F. Kennedy


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