• Who should I contact if I have a question?  

    The Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department of Sarasota County Schools empowers families by providing learning opportunities, as well as academic and social support and interventions. We understand the importance of communication and hope that the steps outlined in this diagram will help you identify your student’s support network and the contact progression to get the answers to your questions in an efficient and timely manner. 

    Contact Progression of Support


  • Sue McGinnity, Program Specialist
    Atwater, Glenallen, Lamarque, Toledo Blade
    Woodland Middle, North Port High
    Program Areas: Emotional Behavioral Disability (EBD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Behavioral

    Heather Wiebke, Program Specialist
    Tuttle, Lakeview, Gocio, Sarasota Middle, Oak Park
    Program Areas: Other Health Impaired (OHI), Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), Compliance

    Elizabeth Lewis, Program Specialist
    Garden, Cranberry, Englewood, Venice Middle,
    Heron Creek Middle, Venice High
    Program Areas: Access Points, Intellectual Disabilities (InD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Enterprise Program, Transition, Post-Secondary

    Danielle Moon-Estep, Program Specialist
    Gulf Gate, Phillippi Shores, Wilkinson
    Brookside Middle, Riverview High, Triad
    Program Areas:  Compliance, Hospital Homebound (HHB)

    Charlene Meyer, Program Specialist
    Bay Haven, Emma E Booker, Southside, Tatum Ridge
    Booker Middle, Booker High
    Program Areas: Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH), Dual-Sensory Impairment (DSI), Visual Impairment (VI), Orthopedic Impairment (OI)

    Lyna Jimenez-Ruiz, Program Specialist
    Alta Vista, Brentwood, Fruitville
    McIntosh Middle, Sarasota High
    Program Areas: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Access Points, Enterprise Program, Transition, Post-Secondary

    Lynsey Davis, Program Specialist
    Ashton, Taylor Ranch, Venice Elem, Laurel Nokomis, Pineview
    Suncoast Polytech High, Sarasota Virtual
    Program Areas: Gifted, Language Impairment (LI), Speech Impairment (SI)