Ridgefield Public Schools
Our shared purpose is to provide highly engaging, relevant and personalized learning
for ALL members of the community

Special Education & Student Services

We strive to educate all students in an environment that fosters a sense of belonging and community while providing engaging opportunities for learning. We strongly believe in inclusive education that values and respects learning and social differences. We encourage our dedicated teachers and support staff to use their knowledge and skills to create democratic learning communities where all children are enabled to reach high academic and social-emotional expectations.

Services for All Students

The Special Education and Pupil Personnel Departments of the Ridgefield Public Schools provide a continuum of services to the students of the Ridgefield community. Our staff serves students preschool through age 21 as determined by the Planning and Placement Team (PPT). Services may be provided by special education teachers, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school psychologists, guidance counselors, social workers, and nurses. The education team, including general and special education administrators and staff, works collaboratively with families in meeting the needs of the students. The provision of services is determined based on the laws, regulations, and criteria set by the federal government, the Connecticut State Department of Education, and the Connecticut Bureau of Special Education.

Special Education Staff

Dr. Kim Hapken
Assistant Superintendent of Special Services
P: (203) 894.5550
Ext: 22041
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Ann Marie Cordisco
Assistant Director of Special Services
P: (203) 894.5550
Ext: 22046
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Tammy Hartman
Coordinator of Psychological Services
P: (203) 894.5725
Ext: 36630
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Kathy Carnazza
Administrative Secretary
P: (203) 894.5550
Ext: 22041
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Patty McCarthy
Administrative Secretary
P: (203) 894.5550
Ext: 22027
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