• Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

  • Ms MontijoWelcome to the Manatee Elementary Exceptional Student Education (ESE) website. All students in our school are entitled to a free and appropriate education (FAPE). A continuous range of programs, opportunities and services are available for our students. Our motivation is simple--to help all students reach their full potential. All students have particular and specific needs; some more than others.

    For those students with learning and behavioral challenges, communication issues, physical impairment, developmental disorders and the like, particular learning strategies might be necessary. The schooling of students with special needs takes into account their individual differences, and might require individually planned and systematically monitored teaching and learning strategies; adaptive equipment and materials; accessible school and program settings; and other interventions designed to help achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency and success in school and in the community.

    The Exceptional Student Services staff at our school provides for the needs of all students, including accessibility, wellness and health, school climate and student conduct. Our ESE teachers and support staff have the primary purpose of attending to students' emotional and physical wellbeing and to a student’s intellectual, cultural and social development.

    ESE personnel, including our ESE teachers and support staff provide assistance to parents, teachers and students, and outside agencies who provide meaningful support for children. Through our mutual efforts, we will provide an appropriate education for all students.

    For more information on the ESE Services Department’s programs, services and processes in ensuring a FAPE, please visit the Manatee County School District website. Together we can make a difference for all children.


    Jennifer Montijo

    ESE Director
    Exceptional Student Education
    Manatee Elementary

    “Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way.” ~ George Evans.