Special Education

Transition Specialists

NYSED has established 10 Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (RSE-TASC) to act as a coordinated statewide network of special education technical assistance centers.

RSE-TASC are specifically structured with resources that will provide expertise to school districts to improve core instructional programs that research has shown to be effective for students with disabilities and to provide improved coordination of regional resources and accountability to NYSED for results.  Each RSE-TASC includes both regional technical assistance specialists and special education school improvement specialists who are located within each Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and in each of the Big Five School Districts (Buffalo, New York City, Syracuse, Rochester and Yonkers).  While the regional specialists will provide training and technical assistance to groups of school districts across the region, the special education school improvement specialists will be working solely with those school districts identified by NYSED for ongoing school district improvement in core instructional areas for students with disabilities. 

Within each RSE-TASC, there are Transition Specialists to work with school districts to improve the school to post school transition planning process for students with disabilities.

Region 1 – Long Island

Cathy Pantelides
Doris Stanojev
Michael Mastrocinque
(631) 218-4197

Region 2 – Lower Hudson Valley

Kathleen Casey
Stephanie Wozniak
(914) 248-2289

Region 3 – Mid-Hudson

Patti Davis
Jane Thorpe
(845) 486-4840, ext 3136

Region 4 – Capital District/North Country

Nancy Damoretcki
Candy Tavernier
(518) 464-3938

Region 5 – Central

Carol Watros
Keara Battisti
(315) 779-7110

Region 6 – Mid-State

Colleen Crisell
Patricia Ordway-Bennett
(315) 433-2645

Region 7 – Mid-South

Stacy McCann
Dawn Kalleberg
(607) 286-7715 ext 220

Region 8 – Mid-West

Jennifer Cacioppo
Brittany Jensen
(585) 383-6693

Region 9 – West

Lisa Dearlove
Elizabeth Loughran-Amorese
(716) 821-7542

Region 10 – New York City

Laurie Barnes-Holden
Susan Derrickson
Katea Dale
Fern Alexander
(718) 391-6648


Last Updated: May 3, 2017