Student Services

The Student Services Department is committed to providing students with programs and resources to be successful throughout their school careers and beyond. Our goal is to assist families and school team members in addressing the needs of all students under any circumstance. Student Services provides support for both gifted students and special education students with a highly trained staff of professionals. Contact the Assistant Superintendent at 440-988-1981 for more information on gifted services or the Director of Student Services at 440-988-1990 for information on special education services.

Special Education Resources

Section 504 Resources

Child Find

Child Find (3301-51-03) is a rule which requires school districts to locate, evaluate and identify all students with suspected disabilities living within the Amherst school district. A "child with a disability" is defined as a student having a cognitive disability (mental retardation), a hearing impairment (including deafness), a speech or language impairment, a visual impairment (including blindness), a serious emotional disturbance, an orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, another health impairment, a specific learning disability, deaf-blindness, or multiple-disabilities.

The Amherst Exempted Village School District is asking for your assistance with this important effort. When children are school-age (grades K-12), the district works to identify and evaluate these students so they can receive special education and related services. However, when children are of preschool age or younger, they often go unidentified because parents may not be aware of possible programs available for their child.

Please help us in our effort to serve those children who may be in need as early as possible. If you know of a child who may have one of the disabilities listed and is not currently in school or receiving services, please contact Sarah Walker, Director of Student Services at or 440-988-4406.

Parent Mentor Services

The Parent Mentors are not employed by the State Support Team but do work collaboratively with the State Support Team, parents and school districts to improve the quality of education for children with disabilities. Parent Mentors are supported by grants from the Ohio Department of Education and employed the Lorain County Educational Service Center.

The role of the parent mentor is to guide families through the special education process. This process includes clarifying parents’ rights and responsibilities; to provide information and resources to families and school personnel on education laws, district programs and services, and community resources; to attend Individual Education Program meetings and other meetings, at the request of the parents and/or school staff; and to build collaborative partnerships between families, schools and community agencies for the purpose of benefiting students with disabilities.

Please contact Kendis Bender, Parent Mentor, at or 440-324-5777 (ext 1167) with questions.  


Sarah Walker is the Director of Student Services in the Amherst Exempted Village School District. Sarah's career in education began in Amherst as a small group instruction tutor working with grades 5-6. She followed that position with eight years as an intervention specialist at Avon High School prior to pursuing her path in administration.

Sarah was an administrator in the Columbia Local Schools and Keystone Local Schools as a Supervisor of Special Education. From there, she worked with the State Support Team of Region 2 (serving Lorain, Erie and Huron Counties) as the Regional Director of Special Education and Family Services. While working as Regional Director, Sarah was able to establish a vast professional network; however, she missed working with teachers, students, and families. That desire is what brought Sarah home to Amherst. Working within the community that she grew up has been a remarkable experience!