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.


Shirley K. Klein
, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services (SESS), 203-656-7474

Scott R. McCarthy, PhD. Program Director, K-12, SESS, 203-656-7458

Shira Schwartz
, Program Director, K-12, SESS, 203-656-7452

Laura Straiton
, Program Director Early Childhood, SESS, 203-656-7472

Oliver Crouch
, Administrative Assistant, SESS, 203-656-7469

Michael DiStefano, MMS Department Chair, Special Education, Grades 6-8

O'Reilly, Kristin
, DHS Department Chair, Special Education, Grade 9-12

Special Education Student Services (SESS) Facilitators

Rachel Davis, Hindley Elementary School, 203.655.1323 x4286

Joanne Vorndran
, Holmes Elementary School, 203.353.4371 x4485

Pochetti, Christin
e, Ox Ridge Elementary School, 203.655.2579 x4691

Nichols, James
, Royle Elementary School, 203.655.0044 x4885

Carolyn Hoette
, Tokeneke Elementary School, 203.655.9666 x4145


Posted 03/21/2019 01:14PM
Parent information sessions for students with IEPs transitioning to kindergarten.
Posted 03/07/2019 12:54PM
Parent Information Session on Standardized Testing in Grades 3-8 and 11 on March 14th.
Posted 01/24/2019 04:12PM
MMS informational coffee for incoming 6th graders with IEPs/504 plans.

35 Leroy Avenue Darien, CT 06820     Phone: 203.656.7400     Fax: 203.656.3052
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35 Leroy Avenue
Darien, CT 06801

Phone 203.656.7400
Fax 203.656.3052

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