Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (formerly PEC)

Parsippany-Troy Hills School District


The Path To Better Communication and Involvement

Upcoming Events and Information

Accessing Services and Natural Supports Presentation - February 10, 2020

Children Friendly Resources for Parents

Please click for the "Overview of Pupil Services" presentation from the November 1, 2018 PEC meeting.

State Organization on Arts & Disability School & Community Program Offerings

Support Group for Parents of Aspergers Children

PEC Board

Our Board is as follows:

  • Melissa Acree
  • Alison Cogan
  • Mike Cukrow
  • Mary Jo Jachym
  • Marla Lerman
  • Jennifer Patrick
  • Marie Pettoni
  • Mitsu Rajda
  • Anya Sheiffele

Parents and Professionals of Exceptional Children (PEC) is a Parsippany district-wide organization concerned with the needs of exceptional students.

We are a support group,an information network, and an advocacy group. During the school year we provide programs of interest to parents and caregivers,as well as professionals.

Attention Parents

If you are interested in joining or learning more about the PEC (Parents and Professionals of Exceptional Children)and receiving information about upcoming events, please send an e-mailto


  • To meet with those interested in promoting the educational, emotional and social welfare of all disabled children;
  • To make the public aware of the existence and needs of the exceptional child;
  • To give parents and guardians a forum to exchange ideas;
  • To inform parents and guardians of the educational services available;
  • To establish a line of communication among teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, parents and guardians;
  • To guarantee equal opportunity for all disabled students;
  • To aid parents and guardians in seeking their legal rights.


The district is required to identify educationally exceptional pupils and to provide to each a free, appropriate public education.

Our district employs the services of professionals who can evaluate a student, develop an IEP (Individualized Education Program), and provide a program for those eligible for special education.

The teacher is responsible for implementing the educational program, monitoring the daily program and communicating with the student, parent,and Child Study Team. Teachers plan activities so that students are afforded opportunities to learn.

The chief responsibility of the School Administrator is the supervision, evaluation and implementation of instruction. They are responsible for the administration and supervision of the entire school program.

The Child Study Team (CST) is the group of professionals assigned to the student's case to develop and oversee the implementation of the IEP. Parents/Guardians should regularly interface with this team, which consists of a Learning Consultant,School Psychologist, and Social Worker, and other members appropriate for the student's needs.  A Case Manager is assigned to every classified student.

Parents/Guardians work as partners with professionals in the decision making process.  Parents may refer their child in writing to the CST. The Parent's/Guardian's signature is required before evaluations may be conducted by the CST, and before a child may begin an individualized education program.

Parents/Guardians should request a current copy of the New Jersey Administrative Code on Special Education and Parental Rights In Special Education(PRISE) in order to be fully informed of their rights.


The Department of Pupil Personnel Services can be reached at the following telephone number:    (973) 263-7200 ext. 7215

The Department of Pupil Personnel Services is comprised of the following supervisors:

Deborah Huffman, Coordinating Supervisor of Special Education PreK - 5
Tarah Santaniello, Coordinating Supervisor of Special Education 6-12
Cory Wegesa, Coordinating Supervisor of Guidance and Medical Services

If you would like information regarding the referral, classification and/or placement of your child, you should contact your child's school principal or Case Manager.

For more information about PEC and our monthly meetings, please contact your PEC board member.