Office for Exceptional Children Contact Information

The Office for Exceptional Children provides leadership, assistance and oversight to school districts and other entities that provide differentiated instruction for students with disabilities and gifted students.

Among its responsibilities, the office administers state and federal funds; coordinates and administers programs to improve outcomes for students with disabilities and gifted students; implements a statewide monitoring and complaint-resolution system designed to assess district/educational agency compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations; and provides technical assistance to districts and educational agencies around issues of compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

General Contact Information

(P) 614-466-2650
(Toll free) 877-644-6338
(F) 614-728-1097
25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 409
Columbus, Ohio 43215

For callers using TTY, please call Ohio Relay Service at (800) 750-0750.

Office for Exceptional Children Staff Information


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JoHannah Ward, Director

Nikki Poindexter, Administrative Professional, Director's Office

Beth Arledge, Program Administrator, Director's Office

Joe Petrarca, Associate Director, Policy

Monica Drvota, Associate Director, Program 

Diane Loomis, Administrative Professional

Monica Drvota, Assistant Director, Dispute Resolution

Carol Baker, Administrative Professional, Dispute Resolution 

Shelley Beard, Assistant Director, Supports and Monitoring

Mark Lynskey, Interim Assistant Director, Resource Management

Chrissy Cline, Assistant Director, Urban Support

Kaellen Craft, Data Manager

Last Modified: 3/6/2020 3:53:09 PM