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Exceptional Student Education

The Exceptional Students Education (ESE) Department is part of Student Intervention Services. The department oversees the implementation of policies and procedures related to Florida statutes or State Board of Education rules affecting programs for exceptional students, including gifted students. Specifically, the department works with schools and parents to ensure that students with disabilities and gifted students receive the appropriate educational opportunities and related services through the IEP and/or EP process.

The ESE Parent Survey opens February 1 and will be available online until May 31, 2020. 
The web address for the survey is

FDLRS Early Childhood Training for Parents and Teachers

OCSD Exceptionally Talented Abilities Show

Okaloosa County School District is hosting its first annual exceptional education talent show, the Exceptionally Talented Abilities Show! Entries will be accepted during the month of October for students who have an Individual Education Plan as we celebrate Disability History and Awareness Weeks. For information on participating in this show, please see the OCSD Exceptionally Talented Abilities Show webpage.

ESE Parent Advisory Council

Meeting Dates for 2020

Links and Resources

School Choice

Informational Video Links

Documents and Forms


Additional ESE Resources

Teacher Resources

Department Contacts

Kathy Ard, Director, ESE

Amy Bowles, Program Director, ESE

Judy Peacock, Program Specialist, ESE

Trisha Johnson, District Level Staffing Specialist

Karen Sanders, District Level Staffing Specialist

Ginny Wright, Administrative Assistant

Laurie Ward, ESE Payroll

Lisa Roberts, ESE Bookkeeper

Debbie Stone, ESE Records Clerk