Whom Should I Ask?

Hutchinson Procedures for Resolving Concerns

Throughout the school year, it's normal for questions to arise. In order to efficiently and accurately address your concerns, please channel questions and concerns as follows, in the order indicated:

General Student Concerns

Teacher

In most cases, a parent or guardian should speak with the individual who works most closely with their child, usually the child’s teacher. Email addresses in the Pelham Public Schools are the employees first initial followed by their last name @pelhamschools.org. I.E. John Doe is jdoe@pelhamschools.org. 

Teachers' contact information may also be found using our online directory.

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(For questions regarding Special Education services, see Special Education Concerns).

School Psychologist

Questions regarding counseling, peer/social concerns, and any other social-emotional issues should first be addressed to school psychologist Elizabeth Belanfante and issues that are not fully resolved at the psychologist level may be addressed to the school principal.

Contact the School Psychologist

Principal 

If an issue is not resolved after speaking with the teacher or school psychologist, Principal Trisha Fitzgerald should be contacted. Personnel issues should also be addressed to principal.

Contact the School Principal

Student Behavior

General Discipline

Concerns and questions regarding student behavior, including playground and recess issues, should be directed to Principal Trisha Fitzgerald.

Contact the School Principal

Dignity for All Students ACT (DASA)

Issues related to the Dignity for All Students Act should be addressed to Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Belanfante, who serves as the school's DASA coordinator.

Contact the school Psychologist

Sexual Harassment of Students

Issues related to sexual harassment of students should be addressed to the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services Julia Chung or Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel Dr. Steven Garcia who serve as the District's Civil Rights Complaint Officers. Please view the full sexual harassment policy.

Contact the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services

Contact the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel

Curriculum & Instruction Concerns

Teacher

Concerns or questions about coursework or curriculum should first be addressed to the respective teacher.

Email addresses in the Pelham Public Schools are the employees first initial followed by their last name @pelhamschools.org. I.E. John Doe is jdoe@pelhamschools.org.

Teachers' contact information may also be found using our online directory.

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Coordinator of Specific Subject Areas 

Each specific subject area has a designated department coordinator. For teaching and curricular issues related to art, music, physical education or world languages, please contact the specific department Coordinator:

K-12 Art - Devon Fallon-St. John

K-12 Music - Maria Abeshouse 

K-12 Physical Education - Mark Finegan

Gr. 6-12 World Languages - Angela Calvelli

Curriculum Directors

For concerns related to mathematics, science, English or social studies, including curriculum, instruction, department personnel or curricular materials, please contact the appropriate director:

Dr. Maria Thompson - Director of Humanities (social studies & English)

Dr. Thomas Callahan - Director of Science and Mathematics

Director of Technology 

For issues related to technology coursework, curriculum, and personnel, hardware, software, infrastructure, or the acceptable use policy, please contact:

Director of Technology John Sebalos

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum,
Instruction, and Personnel 

Issues not resolved by one of the Directors, or issues related to residency, ENL Services, Title 1 or personnel issues that were not resolved at the school level should be addressed to:

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Personnel Dr. Steven Garcia

Special Education Concerns

Teacher

In most cases, a parent/guardian should speak with the individual who works most closely with their child, usually the child’s teacher.

Email addresses in the Pelham Public Schools are the employees first initial followed by their last name @pelhamschools.org. I.E. John Doe is jdoe@pelhamschools.org. 

Teachers' contact information may also be found using our online directory.

View Online Directory

Case Manager

All students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are assigned to a case manager, which is often the teacher they see most often. If issues are not resolved at the teacher level, please contact your child’s case manager with questions related to IEP implementation, testing or program accommodations, goals, or coordination of services.

Psychologist 

For issues not sufficiently addressed at the teacher or case manager level, please speak to school psychologist Elizabeth Belanfante.

Contact the School Psychologist

Principal

For issues not sufficiently addressed by the channels above, parents may contact Principal Trisha Fitzgerald for any of the same issues stated above.

Contact the School Principal

Special Education Supervisor K-5 

For concerns related to Special Education services that are not resolved at the school level, please contact the Dr. Lauren Ribeiro, Supervisor for Special Education K-5, CSE & CPSE Chair.

Contact the Special Education Supervisor

Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services 

For concerns not resolved by the Special Education Supervisor, please contact Susan Lockhart, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services.

Contact the Assistant Superintendent

Parent Organization Concerns

PTA

For concerns regarding class parents, class dues, class gifts, fifth grade celebrations, class photos, enrichment, etc., please contact one of the school’s PTA Co-Presidents:

Stephanie Otero

Lauren Dunkelberger

PTA Council

For questions regarding multi-school PTA activities or other local organizations, or questions regarding advertising in PTA “newsletters,” please contact PTA Council President Leah Tahbaz.

Contact the PTA Council President

SEPTA

For questions regarding the Special Education Parent Teacher Association, please contact SEPTA President Suzanne Snyder.

Contact the SEPTA President

Food Service Concerns

Whitson’s

For issues involving food service quality or My School Bucks accounts, please contact Mary Mills with Whitson's Culinary Group.

Contact the Food Service Coordinator

Facilities Concerns

Director of Facilities

For issues related to buildings, fields, grounds or construction issues, please contact John Condon, Director of Facilities. 

Contact the Director of Facilities

Assistant Superintendent for Business

For issues not resolved by the Director of Facilities. or any other transportation, facilities use, budget, auditing, accounting, purchasing, safety, or civil service staff related issues, please contact Jim Hricay, Assistant Superintendent for Business.

Contact the Assistant Superintendent for Business

District-Level Concerns

 

District Clerk

For issues regarding voter registration, Freedom of Information requests, records requests, or Board of Education issues, please contact District Clerk, Millie Bonilla.

Contact the District Clerk

Public Information Officer

For issues related to communications, media inquiries, email blasts, text message alerts or the school or district websites, please contact Public Information Officer Alex Wolff

Contact the Public Information Officer

Superintendent

If a concern remains unresolved after following the procedures outlined in the various areas of this page, please contact Dr. Cheryl Champ, Superintendent of Schools. Please note that only certain issues can be appealed to the Board of Education such as matters of transportation or student discipline. Such appeal processes are described in their respective Board policies.

Contact the Superintendent of Schools