Exceptional Student Services

The mission of the Kayenta Exceptional Student Services is to provide effective services to students while supporting the educational community that ensures lifelong learners.

Our Goal

Our goal is to make general education accessible for all students that prepares them to be productive and well-rounded citizens, which includes: social/emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Special education is defined by the specially designed instruction developed to meet the unique needs of a student with a disability. Students with disabilities are those students evaluated and found eligible as having:

  • Autism

  • Developmental Delay (until age 10)

  • Emotional Disability

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Mild/Moderate Intellectual Disability

  • Multiple Disabilities

  • Multiple Disabilities with Severe Sensory Impairment

  • Orthopedic Impairment

  • Other Health Impairment

  • Preschool Severe Delay

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Speech/Language Impairment (including preschool age)

  • Severe Intellectual Disability

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visual Impairment

KUSD Child Find

What is Az Find?

Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening, and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of Early Intervention Program (Part C) or preschool special education (Part B/619) services.

KUSD #27 Child Find Schedule:

  • August 5, 2022

  • September 2, 2022

  • October 7, 2022

  • November 4, 2022

  • December 2, 2022

  • January 6, 2023

  • February 3, 2023

  • March 3, 2023

  • April 7, 2023

  • May 5, 2023

  • June 2, 2023


KUSD ESS adheres to ethical principles and acts in compliance with laws and regulations which protect children and their family's right to privacy and which control the use of confidential information regarding children.




Patricia Gonnie - ESS Director


Laverne John - Administrative Assistant


Elvina Charley - Psychologist


Nora Neztsosie- Psychologist


Terry Redhouse - ESS Technical Assistant

Related Services Personnel

Laura Myers - Speech Language Pathologist

Lauryn Maxwell - Physical Therapist

Justin Hu - Physical Therapist

Marilyn Brooks - Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Shella Cramer - Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Jennifer Peshlakai - Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Jamie Strong - Teacher for the Visually Impaired

Edward Gervasoni - Orientation & Mobility Specialist

ABC Pre-School


Laura Delmar - ESS Teacher


Kayenta Elementary School


Leilani Howe - ESS Teacher


Judy Anagal - ESS Teacher

Teri Parrish - ESS Teacher

Candace Begay - ESS Teacher

Angela James - ESS Technical Assistant

Brenda Hoshnic - ESS Technical Assistant

Bobbie White - ESS Technical Assistant

Marion Chee - ESS Technical Assistant

Charlene Kee - SLP Assistant

Lenora Begay - SLP Assistant

Kayenta Middle School


Armanda Gamble - ESS Teacher


Charlotte Morris - ESS Teacher

Terri Hall - ESS Teacher

Eugenia Charley - ESS Teacher

Terrisita Gamble - Technical Assistant

Cheryl Joe - Technical Assistant

Luis Gonzalez - Technical Assistant

Monument Valley High School


Audrelia Dugi - ESS Teacher


Bobbie Pettigrew - ESS Teacher

Caraleta Kescoli - ESS Teacher

Joan Tsosie - ESS Teacher

Perry Francis - ESS Teacher

Valencia Gonzalez - Technical Assistant