Special Education

The Berlin Public School System is strongly committed to supporting students in their least restricted environment. The special education services provided to our students have been developed to support this concept. We believe that a continuum of placement options must be provided to meet the unique and individual needs of our students. Students may be serviced in a variety of settings which include: co-teaching within the general education classroom, learning center, semi-self-contained classroom, self-contained classroom, transition within the community, and out of district placements.


Special Education Team

Ms. Valinsky

Special Education Teachers
Jane Ponkos
Annie Lewis
Cheryl Volz
Abby Phillips

School Psychologist
Cheyenne Valinsky


Ali Curran

BLAST Program
Megan Syta
Alex Ivimey

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speech and language pathologists
OT, PT, and Assistive Technology
Jessica Garrity
Sharon Anderson
Karen Daigle
Sharon Pinchera
Rozalind Stachon

Speech and Language Pathologists
Jackie DeBarge
Joan Schmidt
Stacey DelGiorno




Linda Holian

Linda Holian
Director of Special Education

  Michelle Zeuschne

Michelle Zeuschner, Ed.D
Supervisor of Special Education Pre-K - 5

BLAST Special Education Paraprofessionals
Michelle Budzik
Jen Czerepusko
Jessica Dionizio
Christie Dragan
Anna Etheridge
Dawn Fischer 
Deborah Leidemer
Jen Matney
Maureen Mullins
Lisa Murphy
Leah Nappi
Krystal Taylor

Preschool Special Education Paraprofessionals
Sam Ayala
Laura Berch
Luanys Betts
Barb Blanchette
Lauren Hutnik
Ellen Monroe
Rebecca Pipitone
Erin Roche
Allison Rutledge
Special Education Paraprofessionals
Lynn Cantafi
Sharon Corriveau
Donna Van Dam