Special Services

The Office of Special Services oversees the district's Special Education programs, Nursing, and Home Instruction. We also act as Homeless Liaison, DCPP Liaison (Division of Child Protection and Permanency, formerly DYFS), and WIB Liaison (Workforce Investment Board).

Contact Us
 (973) 697 - 1700, Extension 5041

2020 Return to School Plan - Parent Letter
Revised 9-22-2020 


As a West Milford High School graduate and local resident, it is a great honor to serve in the West Milford School District as your Director of Special Services. I have been committed to the field of special education since my career’s inception, first as an occupational therapist, and now as an administrator. I have confidence that my past special education expertise and administrative experiences will prove beneficial to this school community. As a leader I wholeheartedly love collaboration and being a part of a network of people that are compassionate, dedicated, creative, talented, and student focused. Further, I believe that incredible benefits can be achieved by partnering with families in the education of their children. As we join together to ensure the success of our students, I wish everyone a happy and healthy school year.

 Liz McQuaid


Ms. Nina Pearsall
Supervisor of Special Services
I am excited to be able to give back to West Milford as our Supervisor of Special Services. Having been a West Milford graduate myself, I am proud of the programs and support offered to students, families, and the entire Highlander community. I began my career as a special education teacher and then became the building principal of the school where I taught. My passion for providing meaningful educational experiences for all students led me back to leadership in special education where I also served as a Supervisor of Student Services. Having these variety of experiences allows me to keep a broad lens and see the whole child. I look forward to collaborating with students, staff, families, and the community as partners in education.


Evaluations and IEP's

Instructions for Requesting Student Evaluations

If you are a West Milford resident and feel that your child may need to be evaluated by the Child Study Team, click the above link for further instructions

Electronic IEP's
As part of the district's continued effort to go "paperless," all parents will have access to their student's IEP via the parent portal in Realtime with your permission.  For more information and to complete a consent form, please click the link below.  All IEP's will remain completely confidential.

Electronic IEP Information and Consent


Have a question?  Want to speak with another parent with similar needs?  Members of West Milford's Special Education Parent Advisory Committee may have the answer and definitely have a listening ear.  A contact list can be found here, as well as SEPAC's mission statement and goals.  If you have suggestions as to what resources you would like posted, please contact a member of SEPAC or the Director of Special Services.

2021-2022 Meeting Dates

March 23, 2022, 7 PM
Westbrook School
Virtual or in Person

May 24, 2022 7 PM
Westbrook School
Virtual or in Person

If you would like to attend virtually
please contact [email protected] 
email address and name