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The Allentown School District Special Education Department provides programing that meets the needs of every eligible student. The Special Education Department ensures equitable access to flexible programing, tiered system of supports, transition planning, and meaningful family engagement. These program components are facilitated by high-quality staff focused on preparing all students for valuable post-secondary experiences.

The Allentown School District strives to build special programs specifically tailored to the assessed needs of a student and attempts to deliver those programs in the regular education environment whenever possible and appropriate. The District offers a continuum of services to allow for more independent functioning on the part of the students as they progress through the grades.

The District is committed to working with parents to design the program alternative that most appropriately meets the individual needs of students. All Allentown School District special education programs and services are in compliance with state and federal laws governing this area.

The District operates a majority of the programs for its students with special needs. Some students will participate in programs operated by the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit along with other nearby programs.

Special Education Department Hotline


The Allentown School District has launched a Special Education hotline to support families in our Virtual Campus! Call 484-765-4280 (press 1 for Spanish). The hotline will be active 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. During regular school hours, families should contact their teacher or special education facilitator directly.

Executive Director of Special Education
Brian Siket

District Supervisor of Special Education
Christine Piripavel

District Supervisor of Special Education
Rashida Larkin

District Supervisor of Special Education
Lauren Santayana

District Supervisor of Special Education
Patti Bower

School Psychologists

Special Education Facilitators

Jason Brakeman
Matt Bronson
Stephanie Greczek
John Keet
Kerry Murgitroyde
Lauren Wynne

Middle School
Karen Baurkot
Sara Gillette
Jennifer Schwartz
Robin McDaniel

High School
Jillian Derhammer
Kristen Horn
Samantha Piller