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
#270, Bartow, Fl 33830
534-0930, 519-8407  
Leslie Allore
Senior Manager
North Central Region Office
304 North Fern Road, Lakeland, FL 33801
499-2826, 499-2882 Speech/Language
Lisa Martin
Senior Manager

West Region Office

Lakeland Highlands Middle School
740 Lake Miriam Drive, Lakeland, FL 33813

648-3248, 648-3254  
Teri Bronson
Senior Manager
Southeast Region Office
1785 East Wabash, Bartow, FL 33830
534-7480, 519-3627  
Stephanie Gardner
Senior Manager
Northeast Region Office
690 North 3rd Street., Lake Alfred, FL 33850
956-2082, 956-2088 Staffing Specialist, Very Special Arts
Angela Bottom
Senior Manager
Bartow Municipal Airport
#270, Bartow, Fl 33830
519-8870, 519-7559 ESE Pre-Kindergarten

Dr. David Wood
Senior Manager

Bartow Municipal Airport
#270, Bartow, Fl 33830
534-0934, 519-8861 Transition Services, PACE
Teri Crace
Senior Manager
Bartow Municipal Airport
#270, Bartow, Fl 33830

534-0930, 519-7563

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
#270, Bartow, Fl 33830
647-4262, 647-4257 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.

Accommodations for Florida's Statewide Student Assessments

ESE Policies and Procedures (SP & P)

Procedural Safeguards