Columbia School District

Special Educaton and Student Services

Barbara Wilson

Director of Special Education and Student Services/ Interim Superintendent

860-228-0585 x175 

Deborah Dupuis

Administrative Assistant to the Director of Student Services

860-228-0585 x 172   Office Fax: 860-228-8593 

Special Education and Student Services

The Student Services Department is committed to providing a continuum of specialized instruction, related services, and accommodations for students with disabilities that affords them the opportunity to meet the demands of the general education curriculum. 

Through the collaboration of special and general education teachers and related services staff, we provide individually designed instruction that addresses both academic and social emotional learning. 

We believe the most successful student outcomes will be the result of collaborative work between the student, parents and staff.

September 4, 2020

The Columbia School District will use current (and future) guidance from the Connecticut State Department of Education's Adapt, Advance, Achieve Reopening document in determining appropriate programming for our students.  Addendum 3 to the state document discusses how to plan for students with high needs during the upcoming school year.  Per the document, students who may need individualized plans during in-person, hybrid or fully remote, including those students whose program might allow attendance more frequently during hybrid periods, include student who:

Special Education Teachers and Student Services Staff

Barry, Tim 

Grades 7–8 Special Education Teacher 

Guzman, Jennifer 

Grades K–4 Special Education Teacher 

Murdock, Misty

Physical Therapist, EASTCONN 

Lapsis, Amy, (M.A. CCC-SLP)

Speech Language Pathologist    

Martin, Karen 

Grades 5–6 Special Education Teacher 

McLeish, Lorraine 

Specialized Resource Room 

Polakowski, Corey, (MS)

School Counselor

228-9493 x180  

Rinaldi, Roserie 

Reading Teacher 

Rivard-Lentz , Cheri


860-228-0585 x157

Rogers, Devon

Occupational Therapist

Spear, Kristin, (LMSW)

School Social Worker     

860-228-0585 x181 

Wilson, Barbara 

Director of Special Education and Student Services

Interim Superintendent

860-228-0585 x175 

The Columbia Public School District does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.