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Exceptional Student Services

Exceptional Student Services in Natchitoches Parish

“The original purpose of education was to produce a thoughtful, creative, emotionally alive, unafraid man; a man willing to try to solve the problems he faces in his world. Although he may not solve all of them, he will solve some of them. Confident that he can build on his success, he may fail for a while, but he will know that some success is possible. When the time comes and success does not come easily, he will not give up.” – William Glassner

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All forms and documents are located in the NPSB DESS Google Classroom. Email a DESS coordinator if you need access.

Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

The members of Natchitoches SEAC engage in outreach activities in the community to increase the level of knowledge, support, and collaboration in regard to educating exceptional students. Council members are appointed for a two-year term and act as an advisory council to the superintendent and/or the school board.

Exceptional Lives - Louisiana

Exceptional Lives provides free information for families who have children with disabilities on how to access services and resources, and explains processes in a way that is easy to follow and understand. Exceptional Lives is an independent not-for-profit organization.

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Children ages birth to age five who have been identified as having a developmental delay or other disability are eligible to receive special education services through Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) programs. Early Steps provides services to families with infants and toddlers aged birth to three years in the natural environment. Natchitoches Parish School Board (Department of Exceptional Student Services) provides services to families with children ages three to five in the Least Restrictive Environment. The services can occur in the home/community, in a regular education classroom, and/or in a small group setting.

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LRS Partnership (TPCA)

In accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) is required to provide five Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students ages 16 - 21 with disabilities. Pre-ETS services promote movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education and competitive, integrated employment. Pre-ETS include Job Exploration Counseling, Work-Based Learning Experiences (WBLE), Counseling on Post-Secondary Opportunities, Workplace Readiness Training, and Self-Advocacy.

Natchitoches Parish School Board has an active Third-Party Cooperative Arrangement (TPCA) with LRS in order to provide Pre-ETS services to students with disabilities who have an IEP, IAP/504 Plan, or otherwise meet LRS criteria.


For more information, contact a Transition Team Staff Member.

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We are proud to announce that Natchitoches Parish has been accepted to participate in the Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities Project! The LASARD Project is a collaborative effort between LSUHSC Human Development Center and the Louisiana Department of Education. The goals of the project are: to improve educational practices and outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related disabilities and to develop statewide capacity to provide high quality educational programs for these students. Each district/LEA contracts directly with HDC through the LASARD project for Training and Technical Assistance. LASARD facilitators provide regular technical support to each building level team to support their efforts to implement their action plans and become demonstration sites. An abundance of resources, information, and training modules for both teachers and parents can be found here. Webinars are offered live online via Adobe Connect. The one hour sessions are free and open to anyone interested, but registration is limited to 200 participants. CEUs are provided to those who are online for the entire hour and complete a short quiz. Please check the LASARD website for upcoming webinars!

Departmental Staff

Shequantna Sanders
DESS Secretary
Sarah McElwee
Pupil Appraisal Coordinator
Shelia McDonald-Flores
DESS Coordinator (High-School/Transition)
Miranda Nolley
IEP Facilitator
Danna LaCaze
Director of Special Education
Roshonda Fields
DESS Program Coordinator (PreK-3)
Crystal Cotten
DESS Program Coordinator (4th-8th)
Karen Winn
Secretary (SER Jurisdiction/Records)