Keyword for this page: ESE



All phone numbers have the area code 863

Name & Title Location Phone/Fax Programs
Diane Taylor
ESE Director
Bartow Municipal Airport
698 Cessna St.
Bartow, FL 33830
Stephanie Gardner
Senior Manager,
North Central Area
North Central Area Office
304 North Fern Road
Lakeland, FL 33801
Deirdre Wright
Senior Manager,
West Area

West Area Office
Lakeland Highlands Middle School
740 Lake Miriam Drive
Lakeland, FL 33813

Dr. Fraenda Satchel-Carter
Senior Manager,
South East Area
South East Area Office
1785 East Wabash
Bartow, FL 33830
Shelly Magruder
Senior Manager,
North East Area
North East Area Office
690 North 3rd Street
Lake Alfred, FL 33850

Samelia Davis
Senior Manager,
School Improvement

Bartow Municipal Airport
698 Cessna St.
Bartow, FL 33830
Gregory P. Kent
Senior Manager
Bartow Municipal Airport
698 Cessna St.
Bartow, FL 33830
ESE Pre-Kindergarten, Transition Services
Teri Crace
Senior Manager
Bartow Municipal Airport
698 Cessna St.
Bartow, FL 33830


Adaptive PE, Art, Nursing, Hospital/Homebound, Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision Program, Hearing Screeners

Dr. Poinsetta Tillman FDLRS Senior Manager

Bartow Municipal Airport
698 Cessna St.
Bartow, FL 33830
FDLRS Sunrise Associate Center

Polk County Schools Mission Statement

To provide a high quality education for all students.

ESE Overview

Polk County’s Exceptional Student Education Department meets the needs of over 15,000 students from preschool through 22 years of age. A continuum of services is provided for each of the exceptionalities. Transition programs are also available to those students who are graduating with a special diploma so that they may become functional adults within their society. The ESE Department has over 800 teachers that participate in in-service training throughout the year to insure continued success for the children and young adults that they serve. Additional support services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, assistive technology and audiological evaluations are provided to the students as needed.

The Exceptional Student Education Department enhances the instructional program of every school by helping students who are encountering roadblocks to successful learning.
The Polk County Schools’ ESE Department is supervised by a Director. There are seven Senior Managers that serve as liaisons to schools within their designated areas/programs. The Senior Managers assist parents with providing programming needs for their children. If you have any questions or need addition information, please call the ESE District Office at 534-0930 and the secretary will direct your concerns to the appropriate person.

We have included a list of keywords to help you navigate quickly to your favorite ESE site. You will go directly to your site when you enter the key words into the Search area on the Polk County Schools Home page. You can also click the keywords below and go to your page.

New State Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for Florida's Statewide Student Assessments

ESE Policies and Procedures (SP & P)

Procedural Safeguards

Listing of Schools by Service Area:

North Central Area – Senior Manager- Stephanie Gardner
Auburndale Central Elementary Auburndale Senior High Clarence Boswell Elementary
Cleveland Court Elementary Doris A Sanders Learning Center East Area Adult School
Edgar L. Padgett Elementary Fresh Start Lakeland Jere L. Stambaugh Middle
Karen M. Siegel Academy Lake Alfred Elementary Lake Gibson Middle
Lake Gibson Senior High Lakeland Senior High Harrision School for the Arts
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy Lena Vista Elementary Lincoln Avenue Academy
North Lakeland Elementary School of Choice Polk City Elementary REAL Academy at Auburndale High
REAL Academy at DS Rochelle School of the Arts Rosabelle W. Blake Academy
Wendell Watson Elementary West Area Adult School  
South East Area – Senior Manager- Dr. Fraenda Satchel-Carter
Alturas Elementary Anna Woodbury Elementary Bartow Elementary Academy
Bartow Middle Bartow Senior High International Baccalaureate at Bartow High
Summerlin Academy Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary Chain of Lakes Elementary
Department of Juvenile Justice - Bartow Department of Juvenile Justice - Highlands County Department of Juvenile Justice - South County
Eagle Lake Elementary Floral Avenue Elementary Fort Meade Middle-Senior
Frostproof Elementary Frostproof Middle-Senior Gause Academy of Leadership
Gibbons Street Elementary Highland City Elementary James E. Stephens Elementary
Jean O'Dell Learning Center Lake Region Senior High Lewis Elementary
Pinewood Elementary Roosevelt Academy Spessard L. Holland Elementary
Spook Hill Elementary Union Academy Wahneta Elementary
North East Area – Senior Manager- Shelly Magruder
Alta Vista Elementary Bethune Academy Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy
Daniel Jenkins Academy of Technology Davenport School of the Arts Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center
Dundee Ridge Middle Academy Elbert Elementary Frank E. Brigham Academy
Fred G. Garner Elementary Fresh Start Davenport Garden Grove Elementary
Haines City High School International Baccalaureate at Haines City High Horizons Elementary
Jewett Middle Academy Magnet Jewett School of the Arts Lake Marion Creek Middle
Loughman Oaks Elementary Palmetto Elementary REAL Academy at Boone Middle
Ridge Community High Ridge Technical College Sandhill Elementary
Winter Haven Senior High    
West Area – Senior Manager- Deirdre Wright
Bill Duncan Opportunity Center Carlton Palmore Elementary Department of Juvenile Justice - New Horizons
Dixieland Elementary Dr. N.E. Roberts Elementary George W. Jenkins Senior High
Highlands Grove Elementary James W. Sikes Elementary Kathleen Elementary
Kingsford Elementary Lakeland Highlands Middle Medulla Elementary
Mulberry Middle Mulberry Senior High R. Bruce Wagner Elementary
R. Clem Churchwell Elementary Scott Lake Elementary Sleepy Hill Elementary
Sleepy Hill Middle Socrum Elementary Southwest Elementary
Traviss Technical College Valleyview Elementary  
School Improvement – Senior Manager- Samelia Davis
Combee Elementary Crystal Lake Elementary Crystal Lake Middle School
Denison Middle Dundee Elementary Academy Eastside Elementary
Griffin Elementary Inwood Elementary Jesse Keen Elementary
John Snively Elementary Kathleen Middle Kathleen Senior High
Lake Alfred-Addair Middle Lake Shipp Elementary Laurel Elementary
McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy Oscar J. Pope Elementary Philip O'Brien Elementary
Purcell Elementary Shelley S. Boone Middle Southwest Middle
Tenoroc High Walter Caldwell Elementary Westwood Middle
Winston Academy of Engineering