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Office of Special Education

The Office of Special Education is responsible for all functions of the Committee on Special Education (CSE), Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE) and the 504 Committee. It is open from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Staff members of the office can be contacted at the following telephone numbers or click on their names to send an email.

Staff Contact Information

Staff email addresses are available in the full Staff Directory.

Name Title Phone
Ms. Tatiana Memoli Director of Special Education 914-934-7925
Ms. Pamela Tumminello Supervisor of Special Education, CSE Grade 6 to Age 21 & Out of District 914-934-5115
Dr. Maeva Rich Kennedy Supervisor of Special Education, CSE Grades K-5, and CCHRS 914-934-8019
Ms. Elizabeth Tutein Supervisor of Special Education, Preschool 914-934-7924
Ms. Defny Gamboa District Social Worker, Foster Care Point of Contact 914-934-8394
Ms. Beverly Pankow-Bunjaporte Senior Office Assistant, CSE Support K-12, Nurse Support 914-934-7925
Ms. Yamile Chiriguaya CSE Sub Committee/504 Committee Support/Business Office Liaison 914-934-7926
Ms. Eliana Valdivia Preschool/CPSE 914-934-7927


Resources for Parents

Please join us for a Parent University Special Education Workshop for Families!

This in person workshop will be presented for parents of children who are transitioning from the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) entering kindergarten. The following are the topics for the event:

* CSE Process and timelines
* Similarities and differences between CPSE and CSE
* Roles and responsibilities of CSE members and parent rights
* Evaluations, eligibility, and the individualized education program (IEP)
* Continuum of services in CSE & districtwide support & services
* Current federal and state regulations

Join us on Thursday, March 2 from 6pm-7:30pm in person at JFK Elementary School

This flyer has additional information - Click here to view the flyer (English) (Spanish)


General Resources


Videos for Parents of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities


Resources from The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities


Recommended Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Resources for Students, Families and School Personnel