Special Education &
Student Services

Research has established that early intervention is the best, most effective assistance to improve student success.  Every effort is made to help students help themselves.

English Language Learners (ELL)


English Language Development (ELD)

English Language Learners (ELL) and English Language Development (ELD) is integrated in the regular classroom with the goal to help students whose primary language is not English to become proficient in English and succeed academically in all grade levels.

Special Education:

Lake Arthur Municipal Schools provides special education and related services for students with disabilities from birth to age 21 according to individualized plans developed by teachers, parents, and other professionals.  Parents may request an evaluation of their child to determine eligibility for special education at any time.  After completing a comprehensive assessment a decision is reached by a school team as to whether a student needs special education.

Special Needs:

Lake Arthur Municipal Schools provides a comprehensive program to serve children with special needs from birth to age 21.  The district identifies children from age 3 through five years of age as having special needs through parent referral or through the Lake Arthur Schools’ Child Find screening clinics that are held during the school year.

Pecos Valley Regional Educational Cooperative #8
The Pecos Valley Regional Educational Cooperative #8 (PVREC) employs professionals who are qualified to diagnose and treat learning problems in pre-school children.  

The PVREC assists the districts in complying with local, state, and federal requirements and in serving communities.  It provides services for children with disabilities from birth to age 21.
The FIT program sends therapists and early interventionists into the homes of children with disabilities from birth to age three.  It also provides regular relief services to these families.
The Developmentally Disabled (DD) preschool services include special education and related therapy services for three- and four-year-olds in a self-contained classroom environment.

Student Assistance Team (SAT): 

The SAT is composed of professionals and assists the teacher of a student with learning or behavioral difficulties in finding ways to help the student achieve success.


Occupational Therapy:

PVREC contracted ancillary services of physical and occupational therapists provide therapy to students whose Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) identifies them with physical disabilities.  Physical therapists treat limbs below the waist, while occupational therapists treat the upper portion the body.

Special Education & Services Team

Paul Lessard

Paul Lessard
SPED Teacher
SPED Coordinator

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Maria De La Rosa

PVREC Ancillary Service Provider

Speech Language Pathologist


Christy Kniepkamp

PVREC Ancillary Service


Occupational Therapist


Kali Bryan

PVREC Ancillary Service Provider

Physical Therapist