Student Services Staff

Kevin Rubenstein
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services

Colleen Cook
Director of Special Education, EC-5

Anna Bahramis
Director of Special Education, 6-12+

Skip Kumm
Assistant Director of Special Education, York

Sarah Cannon
Assistant Director, Student Services, McKinney-Vento Liaison

Jill Mueller
Special Education Department Chair, York

Monica Garnica
Administrative Assistant for Student Services, Mckinney-Vento Liaison

Arisve Esquivel
Administrative Assistant for Student Services

Karen Spaeth
Administrative Assistant for Student Services

Change to Legal Notice/Public Notice


Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, the meeting scheduled by Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 on May 12, 2020 at 12:30 p.m., will now be held remotely. Interested parties should contact Monica Garnica at or at 630-617-8328 for further instructions. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district’s plans for identifying and providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2020-2021 school year. If you are a parent of a home-schooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, you are encouraged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Dr. Michael Volpe, Interim Assistant Superintendent of Student Services at 630-617-8328.  

IEP Meeting Exit Survey

In response to the findings of the comprehensive program analysis conducted during the 2018-19 school year, the Student Services department is engaging in focused efforts to address communication and parent engagement in the IEP process.  Professional learning opportunities for IEP team members, along with changes to or communication practices prior to a scheduled meeting, are examples of the efforts being made this year to improve the overall experience for our families.  To measure the progress towards our goals, we have developed a brief “Exit Survey” that we will ask an attending parent/guardian to complete at the end of  an IEP meeting.  It is our hope to gather feedback from as many families as possible so our plan is to seek completion of the survey at every student’s Annual Review meeting this year. 

The Parent/Guardian attending the meeting will be asked to complete the survey at that time by either accessing the instrument online via a provided computer or by filling out a paper copy.  They will also be given the option of having a link to the survey emailed to them so they can complete it on their phone or personal computer later that day.  A Spanish version of the survey is also available in all formats. (The contents of the survey can be reviewed in the documents below)

We appreciate your participation and look forward to gathering your feedback and responding to the findings.

Student Services 

The Student Services Department is committed to providing support and services to students, parents, staff and administration consistent with federal and state mandates as well as with the district's vision for a rigorous and relevant education for all students. Elmhurst District 205 supports the rights of all individuals to be educated to the extent appropriate in general education settings, and attempts to be as inclusive as possible in its practices in serving students with special needs.

On the right side of this page, there are links to specific pages and documents which describe in detail the various components of the Student Services Department (such as Section 504, Homeless Services, Allergy Information, etc.) and Special Education process. If you have questions, please contact any of the administrators listed on the left side of this page. 

Special Education Program Analysis

During the 2018-2019 school year we conducted a comprehensive review of the Special Education programs and services in District 205. Input was received from all stakeholder groups and the collected data was analyzed and complied into the reports and actions plans listed below. 

Student Services Events

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