About Us

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the resources that are available within our county for students with disabilities. The Department of Exceptional Student Education is comprised of the most caring and dedicated people I have had the opportunity of working beside during my 28 years in education.

This department includes ESE Program Specialists, Behavioral Analysts, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists that support all our schools, including charter schools and private schools, in multiple capacities. These individuals provide professional development, attend meetings, mentor and model in classrooms the Best Practices in Education. We are also fortunate to have a group of hard-working, support personnel. Our nurses, interpreters, para professionals, behavioral technicians, and job coaches all work tirelessly to assist our students as needed so every child can have access to the curriculum and graduate with a quality education.

As a department, we work collaboratively with the Office of Teaching and Learning, Office of Talent and Development, Office of Assessment and Accountability, Student Services, Florida’s Diagnostic and Learning Resources System, as well as many community agencies to increase student achievement. Through these collaboration efforts, we are proactive with our strategies to enhance student learning and success.

Students are Our Priority

Change is Our Reality

Collaboration is Our Strategy

It is my pleasure to serve the students, families and employees of St. Lucie County Public Schools. I look forward to working collaboratively with each of you.

Dawna L. Guiel

Director of Exceptional Student Education


fdlrs FDLRS (pronounced fiddlers) is a network of nineteen state and federally funded associate centers which provide support services to educators, families of students with exceptionalities, and community agencies throughout Florida. Each center provides services in the four areas of Child Find, Human Resources Development, Parent Services, and Technology. Visit FDLRS


The multiagency network for students with or at-risk of emotional or behavorial disabilities. More information

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

SchoolChoice Your child may be eligible to participate in the John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program. This program was created to provide educational options to parents of disabled students. The McKay Scholarships Program also offers parents public school choice. A parent of a special needs student who is dissatisfied with the student’s current school may choose to transfer the student to another public school. Click for more information about McKay Scholarships Contact Belinda Corey at 429-4577 or belinda.corey@stlucieschools.org