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East Wharton County Co-op
Child Find Notice
East Wharton County Co-Op  provides special education services to children 
who have or are suspected of having a disability. Special 
education services are available to children with disabilities 
Special Services Resources
Transition Information
If you need assistance with any of these services, please contact Karie Janik at 979-532-6245.
Transitions Newsletter for Seniors - February 2015
Texas Transition and Employment Guide English  
Texas Transition and Employment Guide Spanish  
Texas Transition and Employment Information website

Wharton County Junior College
Patty Young, M. ED, Coordinator of Disability Services
disabilityservice@wcjc.edu979-532-6384, Wharton Campus

Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
Aracely Olmela, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Workforce Solutions
Christi Martin Woods

TEXANA Center for Intellectual and Developmental Disability Division
mary.soleto@texanacenter.com or
Intake Process: 281-342-0090866-526-4437281-239-1349

Social Security

Supplementary Security Income (SSI)

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

The East Wharton County Special Education Cooperative is committed to providing quality special education support services to encourage communication and collaboration among students, parents, educators, and other stakeholders so that youth with disabilities can benefit from an appropriate educational program.

The East Wharton County Special Education Cooperative adheres to the philosophy that all children can learn. Students with disabilities will learn, in their own way, at their own pace, and with special help from caring, concerned educators and parents.


The East Wharton County Special Education Cooperative is a shared services arrangement that provides special education services to students ages three through twenty-one. We strive to ensure that all our services provide: guidance, support, and empowerment so that all students are provided instruction in the least restrictive environment. East Wharton County Special Education Cooperative is committed to providing a child centered educational process. We achieve this through a variety of placement options for special needs students.

If you have a child who might benefit from our services, please do not hesitate to contact your school district and request a special education referral. You may also contact Kim Somer, Special Education Director at 979-532-6245.

East Bernard 
Lacey Christ, Special Programs Coordinator
  979-335-7519 ext 135
Marian Merritt, High School Resource Teacher
   979-335-7519 ext 166
Christine Sheets, Junior High Resource Teacher
    979-335-7519 ext 171
Kristen Seay, Elementary Resource Teacher
    979-335-7519 ext 172

EWCCKim Somer, Director of Special Services email  
Donna Albert, Administrative Assistant email  
Laura Reyes, Records Clerk/Interpreter email 
Clint Barbee, Speech Pathologist  email  webpage
Stacey Hlavinka, Speech Pathologist email  
Kaylan Kopycinski, Speech Pathologist email
Erin Andel, Diagnostician email  
Elizabeth Cruz, Licensed Specialist in School Psy email  
Kathleen Hoffer, Occupational Therapist
Karie Janik, Transition Coordinator email  Cindy Mullino, Vision Teacher email 
Natalie Mica, Special Education Counselor, LPC email 
Evett Hamlin, Physical Therapist Assistant