Student Services

Welcome to the Department of Student Services

The Student Services Department oversees services for students receiving homebound instruction, Section 504 services, preschool special education, special education for school-age students, and children with limited English proficiency.  Over 70 full time and part time employees are dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of these students residing in our district.  Our department goal is to ensure that all students in Anthony Wayne Local Schools are taught the skills necessary to be healthy, happy, and productive citizens in our great community.

Angela Gardner

Director of Student Services, (7th - 12th grade)
Central Administrative Building (CAO)

Jennifer Karl-Thompson

Director of Student Services, (Preschool - 6th)
Central Administrative Building (CAO)

Crystal Bucher

Student Services Administrative Assistant
Central Administrative Building (CAO)

Katie Hart, School Psychologist - AWHS & PENTA
Jessica Keeler, School Psychologist - AWJH
Cari Langenderfer, School Psychologist - FTMS & Whitehouse Primary
Nicole Miller-Strauss, School Psychologist - Monclova Primary & Waterville Primary
Anne Roberts, School Psychologist - Preschool

Preschool Program

Children ages 0-3 years are served by Early Intervention Services through Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  This agency can be contacted at 419-380-4000.

If you suspect your preschool-aged child (3-5 years) has a disability, please call 419-877-5377 and request to speak with the Student Services Administrative Assistant.  This will allow the district to collect basic information about your concerns for your child and possibly schedule a home visit. Prior to evaluation, parent(s)/guardian(s) are required to schedule an appointment to provide the following information:  2 proofs of residency (current utility bills, landline phone bill, and lease or purchase agreement), the child’s birth certificate, parent(s)/guardian(s) photo identification, divorce decree, and/or proof of legal custody of the child. Additional information is required for children residing in foster care including:  foster parent agreement or school placement letter, and court document naming the school district responsible for the cost of educating the child.  

About the Preschool Program

Anthony Wayne Local Schools contracts the Preschool Program through the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West.  The Preschool Program is a developmentally appropriate program providing educational services to typically developing children and children with special needs, between the ages of three and five.  Children attend preschool four days per week (Monday through Thursday) and occasional Fridays, either during the morning or afternoon sessions, following the Anthony Wayne Local School District’s calendar.  There is a maximum of 16 children with a highly trained teacher and an additional adult in the classroom. The curriculum is appropriate to the age and needs of the child.

The Preschool Program is licensed by the Ohio Department of Education.

If you would like to enroll your child in the preschool program, please contact Crystal Bucher at 419-877-5377, so she can assist you with the enrollment process. 

Child Find and Section 504

The Anthony Wayne Local School District is committed to identify and locate every qualified child with a disability residing in the District who is not receiving a public education, and notify the child and their parents or guardians of our duties and responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Achievement of this objective may include the following methods: posting child find notices in locations in and around the district and publishing news releases concerning child find under Section 504 at least annually.

Referrals for an evaluation under Section 504 may be made by anyone (e.g., parents, teachers, or other knowledgeable professionals) who has personal knowledge of a child’s needs and who suspects that the child is an individual with a disability due to a substantial limitation of a major life activity.  All referrals should be made in writing, dated at the time the request is made, and include information that supports the reason for referral.  Any questions or referrals should be directed to:  Section 504 Compliance Officer, Superintendent’s Office, 9565 Bucher Road, P.O. Box 2487, Whitehouse, Ohio 43571.  Telephone: 419-877-5377.


  Notice of Section 504 / ADA Procedural Information and Rights

Child Find and Special Education

At any time you suspect your child has a disability, you may request that your child be evaluated.  This request for evaluation is called a “referral”.  Evaluation consists of a variety of means to gather information about how your child is developing and how your child learns and functions.  The district will continue to implement intervention strategies while evaluation is pending.  Continued interventions will not delay evaluation.  To initiate evaluation parents should contact their child’s building principal.

Child Find is the process of locating, evaluating, and identifying children with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services. The Anthony Wayne Local School District is committed to locating, identifying and providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), for all children between the ages of 3 and 22, with disabilities. Location and referral of such children may be initiated by anyone with knowledge of the child and suspecting the child may have a disability.  At any time you suspect your child has a disability, you may request an evaluation with the District.


  A Guide to Parent Rights and Special Education, April 2017

English Language Learners

The ELL Program supports students whose primary language is not English. Our TESOL teacher works with elementary through high school students to improve and develop their English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as well as to help them adapt to their new environment and academic courses.  We are dedicated to preparing them to become independent and successful both in and out of the classroom.

The ELL program is offered to students whose primary language is not English, who need help in moving from limited English proficient toward proficiency, both in the English language and in Ohio's academic standards. We are committed to helping these students transition into our district and achieve their maximum learning potential. We want to provide a safe place for learning English and learning about our schools. We will teach each student the skills that they need to succeed. We hope to work with our students', parents, and their teachers to help them meet their learning goals.

Agata Piestrak
TESOL Teacher

Parent and Transition Resources

Ohio Means Jobs -

The Ability Center -

Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities -

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities -

Resource Tool  - Created by Jennifer Liber, Anthony Wayne Intervention Specialist - Transition Resource Guide

Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West -

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence -

Ohio Department of Education -

State Support Team - Region 1 -

Announcements/Public Notice

Public Notice- Special Education IDEA Funds

Anthony Wayne Local Schools gives notice that it receives funding through a federal IDEA Part B grant to support the provision of special education services to children ages 3 to 21. The district is seeking public input on the use of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part B funds for the upcoming school year. If you have questions or suggestions on how these funds should be spent please contact Kerri Johnson, District Treasurer, 419-877-5377.  Next upcoming Public Hearing has been scheduled for August 1, 2019.