Special Education

Welcome! We hope that this site serves as an opportunity to share important information about the special education program in Darien. The Special Education Department in the Darien Public Schools adheres to the educational philosophy and mission of the district.


Schools exist for children.

The mission of the Darien Public Schools is to work cooperatively with families and the community to provide for its students a safe, supportive, respectful, and intellectually challenging learning environment that promotes personal excellence through active, collaborative, and creative thinking and that stimulates individual development of the skills and integrity necessary to become productive members of society.

Ms. Shirley K. Klein, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services
Tele. 203-656-7474
FAX: 203-656-7457
e-mail: ShKlein@darienps.org

Dr. Scott R. McCarthy, Program Director, K-12, Special Education and Student Services (SESS)
Tele. 203-656-7458
FAX: 203-656-7457
e-mail: SMcCarthy@darienps.org 

Ms. Shira Schwartz, Program Director, K-12, Special Education and Student Services (SESS)
Tele. 203-656-7452
FAX: 203-656-7457
e-mail: SSchwartz@darienps.org 

Ms. Laura Straiton, Program Director of Early Childhood, SESS
Tele. 203-656-7472
FAX: 203-656-7457
e-mail: LStraiton@darienps.org 

Special Education Student Services (SESS) Facilitators

Jamie Granite, Hindley Elementary School, 203.655.1323 x4286

Joanne Vorndran, Holmes Elementary School, 203.353.4371 x4485

Jessica Vaughan, Ox Ridge Elementary School, 203.655.2579 x4691

Mary Scalise, Royle Elementary School, 203.655.0044 x4885

Carolyn Hoette, Tokeneke Elementary School, 203.655.9666 x4145

35 Leroy Avenue

Darien, CT 06820





Posted 09/22/2016 01:02PM

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35 Leroy Avenue
Darien, CT 06801

Phone 203.656.7400
Fax 203.656.3052

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