Special Education

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School is an inclusive school where diversities of all types, including learning differences, are respected and embraced. We recognize that all students have individual learning needs. Our classroom instruction is designed to provide all learners with access to our curricula. Our District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP) describes accommodations that are available for all students.

A 1:1 technology program is in place to facilitate students’ development of independence as they learn effective technology-based strategies to compensate for challenges. Students work with iPads or Chromebooks and have access to learning assistive applications, as needed.

For students with disabilities who are found eligible, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are developed to include specifically designed instruction, supports, and services. We are committed to educating students in the least restrictive environment.

Students’ special education programs are individualized. Some examples of supports and services are classes co-taught by general and special education teachers, or classes supported by special education paraprofessionals. Students may receive individual or small-group services, such as reading instruction or speech and language therapy.

Our special education staff includes special education teachers, paraprofessionals, speech-language pathologists, and psychologists. Additionally, all students can access our guidance counselors, school adjustment counselors, and school nurses for support as needed.

Special Education contacts:

Martha Barrett, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Special Education, 978-304-4700 x1105

Susan Stevens, Director of Special Education, 978-304-4700 x1105


Susan Stevens, Director of Special Education

Susan Stevens, Director of Special Education, is joining the Essex North Shore Leadership team in 2019 after having worked as the Special Education Coordinator for the school since its inception in 2014. Prior to that, Sue worked as the Special Education Coordinator at North Shore Technical High School and at Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District as a middle school Special Education Teacher.  

Sue’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Lowell, a Master of Education from Lesley College, in Special Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in American International College in School Leadership. In addition, Sue is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) and the Council for Exceptional Children.