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Home - Student Services

The Student Services Department is committed to providing support and services to students, parents, staff and administration consistent with federal and state mandates as well as best practices. Elmhurst District 205 supports the rights of all individuals to be educated to the extent appropriate in general education settings, and attempts to be as inclusive as possible in its practices in serving students with special needs. On the left side of this page, links are located to different areas within the Student Services department, including Section 504, Homeless Services, Allergy Information, Special Education, and related services. 


Special Education:

On the left side of this page, there are specific pages which describe in detail the various components of the Special Education process. Quickly, a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) is to be reviewed, at a minimum, annually by your child's IEP team (including you).  Eligibility is to be reviewed minimally every three years.  The timeline as set forth by IDEA and ISBE is sixty school days, from the date of consent to the eligibility meeting.  If you request an IEP meeting, the team must provide a response within ten days.  IDEA and ISBE require the school district to provide you with ten days notice prior to convening any IEP meeting and to convene the meeting in less than ten days, your written consent is required.  If you have questions, please contact any of the special education supervisors listed on the right side of this page.  Thank you. 



Starting on April 19th, AIM-CIL will host a Teen Social Night every third Thursday of every month from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  These fun teen social nights are for ages 13 to 22.  Please see attached flyer for specific dates.  Also, please RSVP for each event individually.  


Landmark College and Aurora University will have a 10-day summer program:  Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP).  This innovative program is designed to help students with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their parents.  The program runs June 20--29, 2018.  Please see attached flyer for more information.    


Art360 is an innovative collaborative program between Community Support Services, Inc. and Chicago Zoological Society--Brookfield Zoo that brings art, learning, creativity, and social inclusion full circle.  This is a 10 week program with two different sessions.  Session 1:  Thursdays January 25 through March 29th, 2018.  Session 2:  Thursdays April 19 through June 21, 2018.  Please see attached flyer for more information.


Assistant Superintendent of Student Services

Kathleen Kosteck, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

Student Services Staff

Gina Brahm

Administrative Assistant for Student Services

Monica Garnica

Administrative Assistant for Student Services

Arisve Esquivel

Administrative Assistant for Student Services

Kim James

K-5 Special Education Supervisor for Edison, Emerson, Field and Jackson

Brigid Peterson

K-5 Special Education Supervisor for Conrad Fischer, Hawthorne, Jefferson and Lincoln

Jason Vanderplow

6-8 Special Education Supervisor for Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg

Jackie Messina

Assistive Technology


Brandon Mixon

York High School Special Education Supervisor

(630) 617-2475

Jill Mueller

Special Education Department Chair

(630) 617-2361


Barb Aguirre

Special Education Secretary 

(630) 617-2492