Student Services and Wellness

The Student Services department provides a wide variety of services to both local and city school districts in Summit, Medina, and Portage Counties, as well as in neighboring communities. Services may include special education, school psychologists and related services personnel. We also provide intervention specialists, educational aides, attendants, and interpreters to assist area districts in meeting the educational needs of their students. In addition, we coordinate staff, and run a comprehensive, integrated preschool program for students ages three through five.

During the year, we provide staff development opportunities for all educators and district leaders to comply with Ohio’s “Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities,” and research-based practices.

The Summit ESC has a long history of providing outstanding services to our schools.

We strive to accommodate your district and student needs!

What We Do...

The following is a list of services provided by Student Services. It is in no way a comprehensive list, but covers general areas of service provision with a very brief overview of that service. Services are provided based on district service contracts in agreement with our Board Policy and Procedures.

  • School Psychological Services
    Provide full range of school psychological services, including testing, counseling, and consultation to students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community agencies. Some of our school psychologists are LEA assigned.
  • Special Education Supervisory Services
    Provide consultation and supervision for all special education classes, out-of-district placements, related services, extended school year programming, and any form of special education programming.
  • School Speech/Language Pathology Services
    Provide full range of speech/language therapy services, including testing, therapy, and consultation.
  • Speech/Language Supervisory Services
    Provide consultation and supervision to speech/language pathologists, as well as for students with communication impairments as their primary or related area of disability. Establish in-services related to current practice and theory and provide consultation to regular and special educators regarding language-based difficulties.
  • Work-Study Coordination Services
    Provide work-study coordination services to all high school special education students and assistance in helping to secure community-based employment.
  • Summit County Counselors’ Association
    Provide counselor education through staff development with elementary, middle school, and high school counselors.
  • School Based Physical Therapy Services
    Provide comprehensive physical therapy services as a related service under IDEA for students ranging 3-22 years, including evaluations, direct treatment and consultative services. PT services are designed with an emphasis on assisting students to safely and efficiently access their educational environment and participate in activities with their peers. PT services may also include evaluation and set-up of adaptive equipment as well as staff training.
  • Educational Audiology
    Provides compliance-based services for school districts, preschool programs, and other educational setting in order to address the needs of students who are hard of hearing or deaf or who have other audioty needs. 
  • Behavior Consultant 
    Provides districts with assessments, data collection tools, strategies for behavior management, behavior palnning and staff professional development training.  
  • Professional Development
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Multicultural 
    Provide full range of school psychological services with a multicultural approach, including testing, counseling, and consultation to students, teachers, administrators, parents, districts, and community agencies. Services include the evaluation of language and culture influences as well as the consideration of background factors that may drive multi-tiered interventions in behavioral and academic domains.
  • Assistive Technology Consultant
    Evaluate a child's need for a high tech AAC (augmentative, alternative communication) device at the child's school, home, or at our office. We can also assist with funding options, AAC implementation and staff training once a device is received

The Student Services Department also acts as a liaison between the Ohio Department of Education and the Office of Exceptional Children and our local school districts on all issues relative to students with disabilities.

If you have any questions about our services, please contact:

Kristin Fazio - Director of Student Services
Kristin Fazio
Director of Student Services & Wellness Initiatives
(330) 945-5600 x513919

Student Services Staff:

Director of Student Services & Wellness Initiatives:
Kristin Fazio

Student Services Supervisor:
Katie Leigh

Administrative Assistant:
Brenda Palinkas

Jill Champagne

School Psychologist:
April Frohwerk
Simina Ghiorghie
Linsey McCandless
Susan Pennza
Elizabeth Tedrick
Rossana Torres
Vicki Tsesmelis
Aubrey Walkup
Elizabeth Weisner
Valerie Wynn

Work-Study Coordinator:
Matt Marino

Physical Therapist:
Greg Thomas

Dr. Jessica Hoefler
Dr. Carrie Spangler
Dr. Lauren Thomas
Dr. Crystal Henry

Behavior Specialist:
Jessica Campagna
Kim Labriola 
Chelsea Massaro
Andrew Rego

Occupational Therapist:
Mary Lynn Mack
Teacher of the Deaf:
Amy Bell 
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