District 75


D75 Departments

The following programs and services are provided by District 75:

Applied Learning

Develops the skills students need to become productive members of society.  There are currently three Applied Learning Initiatives:

  • Debate:Students use research, analytical and performance skills to debate both in-person and online via live webcast with their peers throughout New York City.
  • 3-D Worlds:Students work in a three-dimensional, virtual world designed for the learning and practice of social, communication, and life skills, including independent travel, banking, financial decision making, and setting up a first apartment
  • Plant Learn Grow:Students use planting and gardening to learn about sustainability and urban farming.

Contact: Cara Coffina    (212) 802-1545


Provides professional development, assistance procuring grants, as well as develops partnerships and collaborations between schools and the cultural community.

Contact Katherine Mikulewicz    (212) 802-1585

Handles assessments for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12; the resulting performance data; links between assessment and instructional practices; and Annual School Report Cards.

Contact: Manny de las Cuevas     (212) 802-1676
Assistive Technology
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Provides professionally trained, multi-disciplinary teams to see if technology can help students perform skills that they cannot otherwise do either because of  physical/developmental delays or deficit.s These tech solutions may include tools for handwriting, voice output communication devices, computers, amplifiers, switches, etc.

Once students receive Assistive Technology, it is added to their IEPs and becomes a requirement to be integrated into the student's school program.

Contact: Karen Gorman     (212) 802-1530

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Serves as a resource to D75 programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Contact: Thomasina Maxwell, Coordinator    (917) 256-4268
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Supports the mental health needs of students providing individual and group counseling to students as determined by their IEPs. There are three tiers of service that counselors and clinicians provide:

  • Tier I: Collaborate with school staff to create respectful, positive, and safe learning environments for students. Help implement school-wide programs and offer support and professional development on mental health, behavior issues, and instructional support.
  • Tier II: Meet more frequently with students, families and school staff to identify academic and behavioral issues impeding learning. Consult with parents about community-based resources and help identify interventions that address students’ needs.
  • Tier III: Conduct and coordinate Functional Behavioral Assessments for students who demonstrate the need for additional behavioral support. Assist with the development, implementation, and progress monitoring of individualized behavioral programs, and consult with behavioral committees. Interview students regarding sexual harassment and incidents of bullying according to Chancellor’s regulations. Identify contributory factors that lead to suicidal ideations and actions and determine when outside psychiatric/therapeutic services are warranted.

Contact: Roslyn Hoff, Supervisor of Psychologists    (917) 256-4273/4269

Early Childhood
Serves 3-4 year olds in Pre-Kindergarten and 5-7 year olds in Kindergarten-second grade.

Recommendation for placement in D75 Prekindergarten is made via an evaluation by the Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE). 
Recommendations for placement in D75 K- 2 classes are made at the Turning 5 evaluation or through an evaluation by the School-based Support Team. 

While some classes are in self-contained buildings, many are located within a community school. This gives students the opportunity to interact with their peers, close to their zoned school and is consistent with the goal of the mission of the DOE Shared Pathway to Success.

Professional Development:
  • Pre-K teachers have access to Professional Development during the DOE 4 non-attendance days
  • K-2 teachers have access throughout the school year

Topics include: developmental stages across all domains; appropriate early childhood instructional practices; aligning with the Common Core Learning Standards and the Danielson Framework for Teaching; analysis of assessment data to help in instructional decision-making.

District 75 Pre-Kindergarten Programs 2014-15

Contact Ana Gomez, Director    (212) 802-1555

Educational Vision Services

Provides instruction in utilizing Braille, Nemeth Code, large print, optical and non-optical low vision devices and other skills that are necessary to attain academic, social, vocational and life adjustment skills, literacy and acquisition of information using tactile, visual, and auditory strategies.

This service is provided for students who are blind or have a visual impairment related to pathology of the eyes or visual pathways with a visual acuity no greater than 20/70 in the better eye with best correction or limitations in visual acuity and visual field which adversely affect student performance.

Contact Laurence Gardner, Director     (917) -256-4201

English Language Learners

Provides an array of unique services, including:

  • Bilingual and ESL instruction
  • Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) programs
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) programs

to Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners (LEP/ELLs) between the ages of 4.9 and 21 years of age with moderate to severe disabilities.

Contact: Maryann Polesinelli, Director    (212) 802-1624

Health Services
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Addresses the specific health needs of students and ensures a safe educational environment that allows students to benefit from their primary educational program.

Contact Joan Boreland, Director       

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Hearing Education Services

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Provides intensive instruction in speech reading, auditory training and language development.

Contact Rosemarie Kolb or Huberta Schroedel, HES Supervisors
Human Resources
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Provides district-wide support in all employment related matters.

Contact Catherine Ammirati,Director or Michael Harrington, Deputy Director.

Individualized Education Program
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There are 5 steps in the Special Education process:

    1. Initial referral or "request for referral"
    2. Evaluation
    3. The IEP team meeting
    4. Recommendations
    5. Review 

Find out more from the office of Special Education.

Inclusive Education

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Provides special education services in the general education classroom. This means that students:

  • Ideally attend their home-zoned school and have the same options for school attendance as typical neighborhood peers
  • Are in age-appropriate general education class, and receive all the special education services and supports needed to participate and succeed within the context of general education
  • Recieve adaptatoins to their curriculum, activities, materials, and/or schedule in order to address their individual goals and objectives as specified on their IEPs
  • Participate in activities and classes in numbers which reflect the natural proportions of individuals with disabilities within the community at large
  • Maintain their classification, only the location and method of delivery of special education services change.

Contact Ruchika Chopra,  Director    (212) 802-1519    Fax: (718) 706-4527


Enhances literacy programs in all District 75 schools, by providing instructional support to:

  • Individual teachers
  • Teacher teams
  • School administration

so that all children are instructed based upon the needs of their IEP so that hey may become lifelong readers and writers.
Ongoing professional development workshops in various literacy areas are offered and follow up support is provided by the literacy team.

Contact:Raizel Blau, Director,      (212)-802-1618     Fax (718) 706-4588

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Supports teachers as they engage their students in a rigorous math program.

Contact Leslie Schecht, Director STEM   (212) 802-1597
Occupational Therapy

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Provides Related Services under Part B of IDEA to support a student's Individualized Education Program.

School-\Based Occupational Therapists:

  • Work collaboratively with the student's IEP team and participate to evaluate, program, plan, and monitor

  • Design services to maintain, improve, or restore function of students in all education-related activities, including neuro-musculoskeletal function, motor function including fine motor, oral motor and visual motor integration, sensory and perceptual function, cognitive, and psychosocial function.

  • Emphasize independence in daily living skills and school participation in various settings including classroom, bathroom, cafeteria, and playground.

Contact Shelly Segev, Supervisor     (917) 256-4276     Fax  (917) 256-4269

Office of Related and Contractual Services

Coordinates the work between contracted agencies and the NYC DOE. 

A Related Service Authorization (RSA) is issued only when a contracted agency cannot provide the service. RSAs allow families to secure an independent provider paid for by the Department of Education.Contracted agencies are issued a transmittal requesting service when there are no Department of Education therapists available to serve students. 

The independent provider may come to the school or the child's home, or a caregiver may take the child to the practitioner’s office (carfare reimbursement is available). The DOE provider who is serving a child as an independent contractor can only serve a child before or after school hours.


Contact: Maria Leo, Administrator     (212) 802-1535     Fax (917) 256-4216 

Physical Education/
Adaptive P.E.
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Supports schools and teachers as they help students develop the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors that lead to lifelong physical, mental, emotional and social wellness.

Contact: Hiroyuki (Yuki) Yamada, Director      (212) 802-1640     Fax: (718) 706-4558
Physical Therapy

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Provides Related Services under Part B of IDEA to support a student's Individualized Education Program.

School-based Physical Therapists:

  • Work collaboratively with the student's IEP team and participate to evaluate, program, plan, and monitor
  • Assess the gross motor skills of students with atypical development including balance, coordination, posture, and mobility within the school environment.
  • Identify possible architectural barriers
  • Evaluate seating and positioning needs
  • Provide equipment recommendations.
  • Train school staff on ways to incorporate interventions and practice of motor skills into the classroom schedule

Physical Therapy is delivered so that students can continue their daily education schedule, with the least amount of interruption possible, and the least amount of attention directed toward the disability.

Contact Cynthia Aridas, Supervisor     (917) 256-4277

Related Services
Provides developmental, corrective and other support services required to assist students with disabilities to benefit from instruction.

Contact Helen Kaufman, Administrative Assistant Superintendent    (917) 256-4236     Fax (212) 802-1509
Response to Intervention and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (RTI/PBIS)
Helps schools create and maintain a positive and supportive environment for students, staff and the school community. As school climate has a significant effect on students’ academic achievement and behavior, RTI/PBIS assists schools in developing systems and structures for teaching expected behaviors and social skills.

Contact: Ana Gomez     (212) 802-1555
Safety & Suspensions
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Helps schools create and maintain safe and supportive environments for students, staff and the school community. School climate has a significant effect on students’ academic achievement and behavior and as such, our focus is to assist schools in developing systems and structures for teaching expected behaviors and social skills.

Office of Safety and Suspensions includes:

  • Staff professional development best practices
  • Guidance in the Weighted Incident Exemption Process
  • Technical assistance in all aspects of safety and suspension

District 75 follows the Chancellor's Regulations for suspensions.
Contact Mary Mason Simpson, Director of Safety and Suspensions     (212) 802-1654     Fax: (212) 802-1666

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Provides opportunities for students to become immersed in a variety of hands-on/minds-on learning experiences that are interesting, stimulating and relevant to the lives of students with special needs.

To accomplish this goal, D75 Science teams:
  • Create and support high-quality professional development materials for teachers
  • Identify and disseminate effective standards-based curriculum resources
  • Provide opportunities for a broad spectrum of project-based learning experiences in our schools including exit projects, school gardens/ponds/horticulture, and robotics
  • Collaborate with various scientific and technology institutions and educational facilities

Contact Leslie Schecht, DIrector STEM   (212) 802-1597

Sign Language Interpreting Services

Provides sign language interpreting services for all Board of Education non-classroom activities.

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Contact Beth Prevor, Director     (212) 689-4020 (V/TTY)      Fax: (212)-689-3988

Social Studies
Helps all students use a variety of learning skills to demonstrate their understanding of:
  • major ideas
  • eras
  • themes
  • developments
  • turning points
in the history of the United States, New York and World History. Students also gain an understanding ofGeography, Civics, Citizenship, Government and Economics.

Professional Development
Teachers are offered PD opportunities to help them create innovative, differentiated lessons that appeal to our diverse community of learners.

Contact Raizel Blau     (212) 802-1618

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Addresses deficits in a student's:
  • Auditory processing
  • Articulation/phonological skills
  • Comprehension and use of semantics,
  • Syntax
  • Pragmatics
  • Voice production
  • Fluency

Contact Helen D. Kaufman, Administrative Assistant Superintendent     (917) 256-4236

Teacher Effectiveness

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D75's Office of Teacher Effectivenes:s:

  • Is a resource for supporting and enhancing the pedagogical practices of teachers;
  • Provides administrators with tools to assist and “norm” their observational practices to support those teachers.

Contact: Karen Anderson  (212) 802-1554 Fax: (718) 364-9548

Technology Solutions
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Provides instruction and professional development, equipment disbursement (both programmatic and IEP-driven), and technology support to schools, teachers, administrators, and parents. In addition, it supports the following initiatives:
  • The MOUSE Squad
    This Middle school/high school program trains students to repair computers and other hardware in their schools. It creates an in-house help desk for hardware repair.
  • Professional Development
    Offering ongoing and embedded trainings on everything from using smart boards for standardized and alternate assessment, to anger management strategies and therapeutic crisis interventions. 
  • Technology Liaisons
    These school-based liaisons are trained in best practices, aligning the common core standards as well as hands-on training which they turnkey to their schools. They meet monthly with each other and the Director of Technology
  • D75 Videos
    The nature of the videos are documentary, instructive, illustrative, whimsical, and most of all, respectful of the authentic practice, and experience, of teachers, students and administrators
Contact Leslie Schecht, Director, STEM   (212) 802-1597     Fax: (212) 802-1681
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Focuses on improving the academic and functional achievement of children with disabilities to facilitate their movement from school to post-school activities. 

The transition coordinator at each school ensures appropriate transition and transition IEP planning for students. The coordinator also works closely with other school personnel to initiate, implement and monitor transition services within the school. Additionally, the coordinator collaborates with vocational rehabilitation and adult service agencies to assist in the development of new programs and the restructuring of existing programs to accommodate the needs and desires of students as they  exit the school system

Contact Natalie McQueen, Coordinator   (212) 802-1568
Travel Training
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Supports students, schools, parents, and agencies in the inclusion of purposeful movement and transportation and travel-related skills into school instructional programs. The ability to purposefully direct our own movement to fulfill our needs, to gradually navigate safely and independently through environments, and, to use public transportation to travel to specific destinations is an essential component for participation in the range of opportunities available in the community. You can read the latest Travel Training newsletter here.

Contact Peggy Groce, Director      (212) 802-1625     Fax: (212) 802-1527