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Special Education

Mission Statement

Every student is a valued and welcomed member of our Catholic learning environment. Recognizing individual strengths and addressing the needs of our students shall enhance growth, development and learning. In this way, all learners will be given the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful manner.


Following the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ, our vision is a partnership consisting of students, parents/guardians, teachers and other professionals.

  • Including every student in age appropriate settings as unique and capable learners
  • Creating an atmosphere of trust and respect:
  • Facilitating full participation as contributing members of the school family:
  • Fostering friendships in school and community: and
  • Developing confidence and self-esteem through shared responsibilities 


Philosophy of Special Education

The Special Education Philosophy of the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board will be to provide meaningful, student-focused educational opportunities for all students. We will shape our direction using the guiding principles of our Catholic faith to create a sense of belonging and acceptance. Each student will be included in the typical classroom environment, supported by parents/guardians, peers, staff and other members of the school family. We believe that all students should be empowered to become independent, active members of their community, a place where every person contributes and benefits from living and learning together.

Click here for the Special Education Board Plan 2024

All stakeholders, students, parents/guardians, community members and organizations, and staff, are invited to respond to the elements of this plan. Questions and suggestions for improvement may be addressed to the Superintendent of Education at:

Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
1325 California Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
N9B 3Y6
Telephone: 519-253-2481 X1527
[email protected]


Special Education

Superintendent of Education - Student Achievement K-12
Lee Ann Poisson

(519) 253-2481 ext. 1527
Special Education Co-Ordinator
Shelley Donnelly

(519) 253-2481 ext. 1154

Special Education Co-Ordinator
Ken McCarthy

(519) 253-2481 ext. 1153

Special Education Co-Ordinator
Lorne Rocheleau

(519) 253-2481

Special Education Co-Ordinator
Angela Staley-Klassen

(519) 253-2481 ext. 1152

Program Specialist
Diane Tope-Ryan

(519) 253-2481 ext. 1142
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