Special Education Department

  • The Department of Special Education's mission is to identify students who meet the federal and state guidelines as a student with a disability. Upon identification, the district will provide appropriate services to teach the students to become active members of the community based on their individual abilities and strengths. We are focused and committed to providing a program to meet the diverse academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. This mission is not possible without the collaboration of parents, students, administrators, related services personnel, child study team members, general education teachers and special education teachers.

    The special education program in Livingston is based upon the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:14 for special education. IDEA governs how special education and related services are to be provided to children with disabilities from the age of 3 through 21, in accordance with the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    It also provides that children with disabilities must be provided with a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that prepares students for further education, employment, and/or independent living. Through collaboration among parents and the professional staff, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for a student taking into account the child’s unique needs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). “To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities are educated in classrooms with children without disabilities. Placement in special classes, separate schools, or removal from the regular education environment should occur only when the nature of severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aides and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.” 20 U.S.C. 1412 (a) (5) (A). This is accomplished in Livingston via a continuum of services which promotes access to and participation in general education.

    The purpose of these inclusionary practices is to ensure that students with special needs are educated in the general education setting for as much of the day as possible, with the supports students need to be successful. Our inclusion practices include appropriate supplementary aides and services; accommodations and modifications; consultative services; paraprofessional/aide support; co-teaching; differentiated instruction; assistive technology and services; collaboration; related services and other supports or services an individual student needs to access the district curriculum in a general education classroom.

    Livingston Public Schools offers a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of our students. They include:

    • Inclusive pre-school
    • Self-contained pre-school
    • ABA programs for pre-school and early elementary grades
    • Self-contained classes
    • Resource Room classes
    • In-class Support classes
    • General education classes with Supplementary Aides and Support
    • Itinerant Instruction
    • Related Services such as speech-language, occupational therapy and physical therapy
    • General education classes
    • Special Schools
    • Home Instruction
    • Instruction in Hospitals and Institutions

    To access the New Jersey Department of Education’s, Parental Rights in Special Education (PRISE), go to https://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/parents/  or contact the Office of Special Education at 973-535-8000, x8032

Administrative Staff

  • Mrs. Lisa Capone-Steiger
    Assistant Superintendent for Equity, Inclusion, Intervention and Inspiration
    Email: lsteiger@livingston.org

    Ms. Jennifer Zeoli
    Director of PreK-5 Special Education
    Email: jzeoli@livingston.org

    Ms. Shanté Middleton
    Director of 6-12 Special Education
    Email: smiddleton@livingston.org 

    Mrs. Erin Crookhorn DeMiceli
    Administrative Assistant
    Email: edemiceli@livingston.org

    Phone: 973-535-8000, x8032
    Fax: 844-376-2414

    Mrs. Chrylyn Bell-Myers
    Secretary to Ms. Middleton
    Email: cbellmyers@livingston.org

    Phone: 973-535-8000, x8115

    Mrs. Jalissa Sbarro
    Secretary to Ms. Zeoli
    Email: jsbarro@livingston.org 

    Phone: 973-535-8000, x8008

    Mrs. Cathy Anderson
    Email: canderson@livingston.org
    Phone: 973-535-8000, x7220