Catherine Kanagy - ESE Specialist

Hello, I’m Catherine Kanagy.  I have worked in the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department for 29 years and counting! I started my career as a School Social Worker then got my Florida Teacher Certificate in K-12 ESE and Middle School Integrated subjects and worked at May Sands center school.  I transitioned to the Diagnostic Team as a Staffing Specialist facilitating the completion of Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) for students with disabilities(SWD) and students identified as gifted, Educational Plans (EPs).  After 8 years as a Staffing Specialist, I stepped into the ESE Program Specialist leadership position.   


As the ESE Program Specialist, I work district wide with all schools parents, teachers, staff and administration.  Our Department staff includes School Psychologists, Staffing Specialists, Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational and Physical Therapists and several area specialists. Our Team works hard to assist schools in the Child Find responsibilities which includes the identification of students suspected of having a disability. (or gifted qualities) Our staff provides individual therapies and facilitates the IEPs and EPs of those students who are eligible for specialized services. We assist families when reaching out to community agencies to connect with additional assistance.  An additional part of my responsibilities includes overseeing the district’s 504 Plans for students who have a disability and require accommodations to access the learning environment.  I ensure Monroe County School District meets all legal and state compliance points of public educational requirements.

 I can point you in the right direction with our ESE Department Team with any part of the educational planning for students/your child who may be suspected of having a disability or have qualities of giftedness.  Our district team impacts educational best practices from Co-teaching to self-contained alternative educational programs for students with significant disabilities.   We are here to make sure your student/child has the best educational opportunity.   Contact me for all things ESE and 504.  Thank you Catherine Kanagy