Quicklinks

Special Programs Office

281-229-6020

Special Programs Leadership & Teams
Kim Davidson     ~     Laurie Rodriguez    ~     Maggie Burk

       Department Leadership

Laurie G. Rodriguez      281-229-6083

lrodriguez@dickinsonisd.org 

Executive Director of Special Programs

Maggie Burk               281-229-6094

mburk@dickinsonisd.org

Coordinator of Evaluation & Related Services

Kimberly Davidson        281-229-6087

kdavidson@dickinsonisd.org

Coordinator of Special Programs Instruction & Compliance

We are privileged to lead the best team of educators!  You can email any of us directly by clicking on our names.  If you would like to know more, click on the tabs provided.

Laurie G. Rodriguez

Executive Director of Special Programs

 

Laurie joined Dickinson ISD in 2006 as the director. Her undergraduate degree is in secondary education from Oklahoma State University and her master's degree is in educational psychology from University of Houston, with post-graduate studies in educational statistics at Texas A&M and the superintendency at UT-Tyler.

 

Laurie taught general and special education before becoming an educational diagnostician in 2000 and then moving into special education leadership in 2003. In 2013, Laurie was appointed by Governor Perry to serve on the Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education; her term will expire in 2021.

 

Laurie is married with 2 daughters, 2 step-sons, 1 granddaughter and 3 rescue dogs and 1 rescue cat.  

 

Maggie Burk

 Coordinator of Evaluation & Related Services

 

Maggie joined Dickinson ISD in 2000 as a licensed specialist in school psychology. Her undergraduate degree is in psychology and her master's degree is in specialist in school psychology, both degrees are from University of Houston-Clear Lake.

 

Maggie's entire career has been devoted to school psychology. She volunteers for the American Red Cross in the area of Disaster Mental Health. Maggie is a trainer for AS+K to Save a Life and Youth Mental Health First Aid.

 

Maggie is married with 1 son, 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 3 rescue dogs.  

Kimberly Davidson

Coordinator of Special Programs Instruction & Compliance

 

Kim is a proud 1990 Dickinson High School graduate. After attending college to obtain her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies at University of Houston-Clear Lake, Kim returned to Dickinson and began her teaching career as a 4th grade teacher. She then earned her master's degree in educational administration, also from University of Houston-Clear Lake.

 

Kim taught general and special education before becoming an ARDC facilitator, associate principal, and coordinator. 

 

Kim is the proud mom of a son serving in the US Army and a daughter. She has 2 rescue cats.

 

Administrative Assistants Support Team

Kathy Linkey

Assessment Clerk

281-229-6087

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Schedules Child Find 
  • Assessment log
  • Records Requests
  • Department Attendance
  • Materials & File management

    Trisha Taylor

    Secretary to Executive Director

    281-229-6083

     

    Primary responsibilities:

    • Administrative support for director & department
    • Budget support (including travel & purchasing)
    • Manages the department's contracted services process

    Patricia Perkins

    PEIMS Secretary

    281-229-6086

     

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • PEIMS data entry for department
    • Department receptionist & electronic communication
    • Department Inventory
    • Medicaid | RMTS

    While we wish that there would never be a concern or problem, we do understand that there may come a time when a parent has a concern, problem, or complaint about their child's special education or dyslexia instruction, and we are here as a team to help.

     

    As a department, we support the District's Problem Solving Process with the goal of starting to address the concerns at the point closest to the problem/concern and we are ready to assist as needed. (Steps 3 and 4 below). 

     

    Campus level

    • Step 1:  If the concern involves a teacher or classroom instructional concern, please schedule a conference with the teacher. We have found that most concerns can be solved at this level.  In the event you are not satisfied with the resolution, please proceed.
    • Step 2:  Contact the campus administrator and request a conference (telephone, Zoom or in person, as appropriate).

    Department / District level

    • Step 3.   If the concern / problem is not resolved at the campus level, and it involves special programs or dyslexia instruction, please contact Coordinator Kimberly Davidson.  If the concern is regarding evaluation or related services (OT, PT, Speech, behavior), please contact Coordinator Maggie Burk.
    • Step 4.  Please contact the Executive Director of Special Programs, Laurie Rodriguez if you continue to have concerns. 
    • Step 5: If there are still concerns, please proceed to contacting the Deputy superintendent, Dr. Jeff Pack.

     

    There are several additional resources for parents of students receiving Special Education services, and they are listed below:

     

    Texas Education Agency, Office of Special Programs and Monitoring (OSPM) has all information related to special education complaints available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Arabic.   Information in each of these languages can be found at or linked from the following URL: Special Education Dispute Resolution Processes | Texas Education Agency.

     

     

    OSPM has launched an online, special education complaints form available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Arabic.  The online form allows the user to file a special education complaint with TEA just as if the user were utilizing a hard copy of the model special education complaint form.  Upon submitting the online form, it is automatically emailed to the public agency against which the complaint is filed and to TEA at the same time.  The user receives a confirmation copy of the complaint by email.  The online form in all five languages can be found on or linked from the following URL: Special Education Complaints Process | Texas Education Agency

     

    Department Motto:

    "Whatever the student needs IS our job description!"

    Department Philosophy:

    "We may all be different kinds of fish, but in this school, we swim together."

    ARD Committee Facilitator Team Leader: Jennifer Groves  281-229-6256

    Dickinson ISD utilizes an ARD facilitation model where a specially trained, experienced, special education teacher organizes the ARD process in order to allow teachers to focus on instruction.

    The ARDCF schedules and organizes the paperwork submitted by the students' teachers and special education providers.

    Team Leader Profile:

    Jennifer Groves joined Dickinson ISD in 2009 as a special education teacher. She became an ARDC facilitator in 2015 and then became the team leader in 2017.

    Jennifer graduated from St. Edwards University in Austin with a degree in Social Work. Her background includes working for her family moving and storage business in Harlingen, Texas and as special education paraprofessional before becoming a teacher.

    Her goal for her team is to make sure the paperwork associated with the special education process is completed accurately and in a timely manner, and most importantly, that it reflects the needs of the student.

    ARD Committee Facilitators


    ARDCF

    Location (s)

    Samaria Epps

    281-229-6244

    CRES | BCES

    Jennifer Groves, LEAD

    281-229-6256

    JSES | LEAD

    Jessica Haygood

    281-229-7168

    MJHS | HRES

    Elizabeth Brenner

    281-229-7428

    KELE | DMS

    Carol Krysher

    281-229-6631

    SLES | BMS

    Jennifer Jones         

    281-229-7866

    DHS

    Trish Newby

    281-309-3733

    KJHS | HRES

    Elizabeth Shields             

    281-229-6558

    DHS

    Shannah Sauers

    281-229-7691

    Lobit Village

    Mike Tullos

    281-229-6505

    DHS & Alternative Campus

    Kim Davidson

    281-229-6075

    ARDCF Supervising Coordinator

    ARDCF Clerks 


    ARDCF Clerk

    Location (s)

    Juanita Garcia

    281-229-7225

    MJHS | KJHS | HRES

    Delia Maldonado

    281-229-7769

    BMS | SLES | KELE

    Maureen Moore

    281-229-6954

    DMS | Lobit

    Jessica Moreno

    281-229-6454

    DHS

    Alternative Campuses

    Maritza Chase

    281-229-6829

    BCES | CRES | JSES

    To Request Special Education Records:

    1. Email or call the student's most recent campus ARDCF Clerk to request records.
    2. Email request to Special Programs or
    3. Call 281-229-6020

    Assessment Team:

    The DISD assessment team includes Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP) and Educational Diagnosticians.  This team is responsible (with other teams) for conducting full, individual evaluations to determine special education eligibility determinations. They administer individualized achievement, intellectual and psychological tests. 

    Click HERE to go the Evaluation Home Page

     

     

    Assessment Staff 2020-2021

     

    Educational

    Diagnosticians

     

    Licensed Specialist

    School Psychology

    Mary Gonzales

    281-229-6923

    Crystal Speer

    281-229-7571

    Christine Ledwell

    281-229-6036

     Madalyn Meier

    281-229-7920

     Kelly Schultz

    281-229-6090

     Dr. Bianca Watkins

    281-229-7921

    Amber Wallace

    281-229-6057

     Yadira Villarreal

     

    Qixuan Hazel Goh Elis Gaytan
    Vann "Ann" Mai

    Vanessa Renteria

    Megan Giles Dustin Pereira
    Alexandria Shields

    To request records:

     

    Email:

    Esther Smith or Kathy Linkey

    Behavior Team Profile:
    The Behavior Team provides students with behavioral challenges opportunities and experiences designed to teach behaviors that promote social and personal growth within the school setting. The team also consults with teachers to provide strategies to aid with behavior management to maximize students’ access to the general education setting. This team is comprised of an LSSP, Campus Level Behavior Coaches, and 6 ABCD teachers.

    Omar Cobo, LPC

    281-229-6098

    Team Leader Profile:

    Omar Cobo joined Dickinson ISD in 2019 as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

    Omar Cobo graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling. He completed his graduate internship at Family Service Center of Galveston County.

    His goal for his team is to empower students to be successful by developing relationships, providing appropriate interventions, and monitoring progress toward mastery of student goals.

     

    Behavior Coach

    Location

    Veronica Batson

    281-229-6264

    BCES

    Courtney Cunningham             

    281-229-

    CRES

    Julie Dunnehoo

    281-229-6730

    HRES

    Detric Dotson

    281-229-6822

    JSES

    Derek Benton

    281-229-7052

    KELE

    Chris Courtright

    281-229-7665

    LES

    Kim Atchison

    281-229-7439

    SLES

    Anthony Murphy

    281-229-6911

    BMS

    Erica Campbell

    281-229-6668

    DMS

    Jenny Blanco


    LMS

    Amanda Ryan

    281-229-3626

    KJHS

    Rodney Smith

    281-229-7283

    MJHS

    Leo Bookman

    281-229-7809

    DHS

    Samuel Goodwin

    DHS
    David Blair DHS

    ABC-D Teacher

    Location

    Ashley Beagnyam


    LES

    Sarah Nappier

    281-229-7692

    LES

    Sherry Wilson

    281-229-6696

    DMS

    Erin Munoz


    KJHS

                  TBD

    281-229-

    MJHS

    Patricia Kaemmer             

    281-229-

    DHS

    The DISD Counseling Program is led by:

    Please visit our district's counseling page HERE for more information! 

    The Dyslexia team provides dyslexia therapy in accordance to The Dyslexia Handbook 2018 Update: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders, Texas Education Agency, Austin Texas, November 2018.All children deserve the opportunity to read and write with success. Our mission is to uncover and illuminate the strengths of students with dyslexia.

    Maricela Guerrero

    281-229-6861

    Team Leader Profile

    Karen Hollen, District Dyslexia Specialist, is new to Dickinson ISD. She has 20 plus years of experience including classroom teaching, reading intervention, instructional coaching and campus leadership. Karen received a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Master in Reading Education and post Masters certification in Leadership from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She strongly believes that education needs to prepare students to lead a choice filled life that is not limited by weakness but defined by their strengths.

     

     

    Click HERE to go to the Dyslexia Home Page.

    Homebound Instruction

    DISD offers general and special education homebound instructional services to students who meet the TEA criteria. 

     

    Once the student is determined eligible for homebound instruction, Ms. Smith contacts the student's teachers to begin the process.

     

    Homebound Questions

    If you believe your child needs homebound instruction, please contact your campus counselor, nurse, or send Ms. Smith an email.

     

    Molly Smith

    DISD Homebound Teacher

    281-229-7249

    JoEllen Allen serves as the district's homeless liaison.  Her office number is 281-229-7421.  

    Jo Ellen graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has worked as a licensed social worker in mental health and school settings. She has been working at Dickinson ISD in the role of District Social Worker since 2008.

    Click HERE to go the Homeless Information main page.

    Page under Construction!  Check back soon!

    The Dickinson ISD Occupational and Physical Therapy team supports IEP learning needs for students in several areas, including:

    • Academic achievement,
    • Self-care,
    • Mobility
    • Assistive Technology,
    • Social participation

    OTs and PTs operate in all school routines, including recess, classroom, and cafeteria time.

     

    Team Leader Profile:

    Tanya Jensen joined Dickinson ISD in 2006 as a Physical Therapist and team leader.  Tanya graduated from the University of Puget Sound in with a master's degree in Physical Therapy. Prior to coming to DISD, Tanya worked in pediatric out-patient, orthopedics, ECI and at Shriner's Burn Hospital.

     

    In her spare time, Tanya enjoys teaching group fitness classes and caring for her horses.

     

    Her goal for her team is to make sure students receive outstanding occupational and physical therapy to assist in reaching educational and mobility goals.

    Special Education and Section 504 records can be requested by sending an email to the Special Programs email address, which is checked daily and routed to the appropriate campus.

     

    Dickinson ISD uses the Frontline management system for all special education, 504 and LPAC paperwork and can transfer documents electronically to districts who use the same program.

    Please refer to the Gator Wellness Page for a full description of the DISD Social Emotional Learning Project.

    Click HERE to access the Gator Wellness page.

    Amy Cmaidalka is the new Social Emotional Learning Specialist for Dickinson ISD.

    Phone:  281-229-7662

    Description of School Health Advisory Committee

     

    From the Texas Department of State Health Services:

    School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group appointed by the school district to serve at the district level. Members of the SHAC come from different areas of the community and from within the school district. The majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the district. Texas law (Texas Education Code, Title 2, Subtitle F, Chapter 28, Subchapter A, §28.004) requires the establishment of a SHAC for every school district. SHACs are required to meet at least four times each year. 

    SHACs assist the districts in ensuring that local community values are reflected in health education instruction. Additionally, SHACs play an important role in strengthening the connection between health and learning. They can help parents and community stakeholders reinforce the knowledge and skills children need to stay healthy for a lifetime.

    JoEllen Allen

    281-229-7421

    SHAC Chairperson

    JoEllen Allen, MSW   281-229-7421

     

    Jo Ellen graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She earned her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has worked as a licensed social worker in mental health and school settings. She has been working at Dickinson ISD in the role of District Social Worker since 2008. 

    Jamie Harbuck, M.Ed.    281-229-6643

    Jamie graduated from Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches with a Bachelor’s degree in Education for the Hearing Impaired.  She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from University of Houston Clear Lake.  She has taught Special Education PPCD, Kindergarten, 1st grade and 6th grade.  She was an elementary counselor for 4 years before taking on the role of district counselor/social worker.

    Speech Therapy Team Leader:  Tonia Marion-Wilson  281-229-7079

    About Speech Therapy:

    The Speech Therapy team provides speech therapy in accordance with the best practices model advocated by ASHA and TSHA.   Each student who receives speech therapy has been evaluated by a speech pathologist and determined to have an educational need for speech therapy services.  The ARD committee determines the student's goals and therapy schedule.

    Team Leader Profile:

    Tonia Wilson joined Dickinson ISD in 2002 as a speech pathologist and then became the team leader in 2004.

    Tonia graduated from Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches with a Master's degree in Speech Pathology. Her background includes serving in the Army Reserve and Texas National Guard, attaining the rank of Captain before becoming a Speech Pathologist.

    Her goal for her team is to help students make progress and become more effective, independent and functional communicators.

    Speech Staff (click on name to email)

    Jennifer Arnold, SLP-CCC

    281-229-6032

    Patricia Garcia-Gill, Assistant

    281-229-7025

    Monica Schmid, SLP-CCC

    281-229-6657

    Megan Craft, SLP-CCC

    281-229-7239

    Kristin Garr, SLP-CCC

    281-229-7770

    Kim Stocker, SLP-CCC

    281-229-6896

    Daryl Dagley, SLP-CCC

    281-229-6693

    Nyesha Jackson-Cavil, Assistant

    281-229-6753

    Michelle Wagner, SLP-CCC

    281-229-7570

    Chelsea Field, Assistant

    281-229-6246

    Chelsey Morales, Assistant

    281-229-7418

    Tonia Marion-Wilson, SLP-CCC

    281-229-7079


    We have an open SLP-CCC position!

    Page under Construction!  Check back soon!

    Kim Davidson

    281-229-6075

    Coordinator of Special Programs Instruction & Compliance

    Kim supervises special education instruction and compliance issues for DISD. Her background includes teaching general and special education, serving as an ARDC facilitator, and as an assistant and associate principal.

    Special Education Instructional Delivery (SEID) Design Team

    Program Representative Campus

    ABCD/BC

    Amanda Ryan

    KJHS

    Dyslexia

    Jennifer Hong

    KELE

    ECSE

    Leann Huston

    CRES

    IS/RISE

    Shemika King

    DMS

    IS/RISE

    Heather Wellman

    DHS

    SAILS

    Delores Hopper

    Francesca Grice

    SLES

    SEALS

    Ashley Bennett

    MJHS

    TIDES

    Lynz Costa

    CRES

    WAVE

    Gabby White

    DHS

    Ad Hoc

    Lynette Smith

       Teacher of the   Visually Impaired

    Mike Herdman

    281-229-6020

    Special Programs Curriculum Specialist

    Mike  joined Dickinson ISD in 2019 as a Special Education TIDES Teacher at Dickinson High School. Mike Herdman graduated from Arizona State University with a masters degree in Educational Leadership. His goal for his teachers is to provide support to all Special Education teachers through personal development, systems, and curriculum that meets the individual needs of all students appropriately. 

     

    Copyright © 2021 - Dickinson Independent School District

    powered by ezTaskTitanium TM