NE School — A Family Guide to PST


A Family Guide to the Educational Support Team (PST)


Susanne Engels, Principal
Sharon Napolitano, Support Services, Birth-Grade 2
Turiya Levy, Interventionist
Kelly Hutt Vater, Interventionist
Phyllis Smith, Interventionist
Maureen Schillinger, School Psychologist
Geri Bruso, K Teacher
Sherry Kamyk, Grade 1 Teacher
Laura Aprilliano, Gr. 2 Teacher
Anna Walker, Counselor
Lisa Frankel Boerner, Counselor
Alison Josselyn, Special Educator
Sarah Herron, Special Educator


When our children have difficulties at school that don’t resolve after trying initial strategies,  Northeast School uses a variety of supports to help.  Many of our supports are accessed through our Educational Support Team (EST).

  • Our EST believes that all children can and will learn, and that in order for this to happen the adults around them must provide them with appropriate supports, accommodations and/or services. We support all children in reaching their potential.
  • Northeast School is committed to helping every child meet our challenging expectations and make the most of each day’s learning opportunities.

The primary purpose of the EST is to develop plans that support our children’s educational programs and learning.  The EST maintains confidential contact with the student’s teachers and caregivers to follow the progress of each student served by the team. The EST meets weekly to identify supports and services for individual children, help teachers to develop strategies for supporting individual children, develop plans to increase learning, and evaluate what’s working and what changes need to be made.

If there is a concern, referrals to the EST can be made by parents and staff.  Parents can:

  • Contact the teacher with concern(s)
  • Set up a meeting with staff to discuss concerns

Parent, guardian, and student roles in the Educational Support Team (EST) include:

  • Asking questions
  • Sharing information
  • Filling out forms if asked
  • Offering suggestions
  • Supporting the plan
  • Staying in touch
  • Working hard to learn

After the child is referred to EST:

  • The team meets to identify the concern(s) and share information with all members.
  • The team designs a plan that offers a variety of supports for the child and teacher.
  • The plan may include:
Varied teaching strategies
Schedule changes
Referrals to outside agencies
Friendship/Social Skills Group
Additional Academic Supports
  • The teacher shares the plan with the parents and staff members working with the child.
  • The team updates and reviews progress at follow- up EST meetings.