It Takes a Village
ECISD Department of Special Education: Winter 2019
Dear ECISD families:
Welcome to the Winter 2019 Special Education Newsletter. On behalf of the Department of Special
Education, thank you for partnering with us to teach and support your children.
Nina Pugh, Director of Special Education.
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2019-2020 ARC OF SA MEETINGS WITH ECISD
2019-2020 ECISD SPED PARENT MEETINGS
2019-2020 REG. 20 PARENT TRAININGS AND
2019-2020 TALLERES PARA PADRES Y SEMINARIOS
ECISD Department of Special Education New Happenings!
Child Find and Autism Team
This collaborative team was created this year to provide support to staff and families of children with
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) attending East Central ISD. The team is here to provide support for
educational planning and professional development in evidenced based practices. Our team members
are ready to collaborate and nd new solutions. Please contact Deanna Gaytan, LSSP or Justin
Baxter, SLP for information regarding students with ASD at 210-648-7861
If you suspect that your child may not be developing the same as his or her peers, or if your child has
been previously diagnosed with a disability, you many call the East Central ISD Child Find contact at
ECISD SpEd Staff Spotlight Liliana Escamilla
How long have you been in Education?
This is my 5th year as a teacher, all which have been at Pecan Valley co-teaching with some of the best
co-teachers! (3 years of Co-Teaching 1st & 2nd and 2 years of Co-Teaching 2nd & 3rd)
What motivated you to get into SpEd?
Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher. My senior year of high school, I became a high school
helper at my district's kindergarten campus where I was given the opportunity to be mentored by Linda
Duffy. The year I spent with her was life changing. As I learned and taught side by side with her I
discovered a world where magic lives in the little things. I found my true passion through her and have
never let it go.
What do you love about your job?
I love advocating for inclusion! I have been in many classrooms, have worked with many teachers and
students and have seen how everyone involved grows academically, emotionally, and socially. I love
getting the chance to watch kids helping each other all while they know exactly which
strategy/accommodation helps their friend learn best. Very few things are better than watching our
kids not only form relationships with their peers but keep up those friendships year to year in and
outside of school. Inclusion matters for everyone, every single day. Inclusion is what dreams are made
Nina Pugh, Director of Special Education
Alethea Masch, Coordinator of Special Education
Liz Geisler, Special Education Instructional Specialist
Jennifer Baker, District Behavior Specialist
Susanne Cluff, Special Education Director Secretary
Trisha Orsak, Special Education Secretary
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