Welcome to the Office of Special Education/ Child Study Team

Phone: (609) 884-9400 / Fax: (609) 898-7992

Debra Keeler, Supervisor of Special Services
email: dkeeler@lowertwpschools.com

Christine Hunke, Administrative Assistant to the Supervisor of Special Services
email: chunke@lowertwpschools.com

Patricia Cone, Child Study Team Secretary
email: pcone@lowertwpschools.com

Child Study Team Case Managers:
Dawn Hinker - Sandman Consolidated School, Grades 5 and 6 - dhinker@lowertwpschools.com
Dr. Jeffrey Kelly - Maud Abrams School, Grades 3 and 4 - jkelly@lowertwpschools.com
Alison Paras - Carl T. Mitnick, Grades Prek, 1 and 2 - aparas@lowertwpschools.com
Lisa Brochardt - Memorial School & Out of District, Grades K-6 - lbrochardt@lowertwpschools.com
Joseph Filachek - Memorial School, Grades PreK - jfilachek@lowertwpschools.com
Diana Sweeney - District 504 cases, Grades PreK - 6 - dsweeney@lowertwpschools.com


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The Lower Township Elementary School and The Lower Cape May Regional School District will be hosting another SEPAC meeting in the Spring. Please, fill out the Survey Information. This will help us address those areas of interest.  Notices will be mailed home to our families. Thank you.



Additional Links

  • The Challenger Sports Program
    Co-ed recreation program that enables children ages 5-15 with physical and/or developmental disabilities to enjoy the benefits of team sport participation in an adapted environment structured to fit their abilities.


We give community service hours to high school students, and we give our volunteers high marks!!! They are the best volunteers anywhere. 

Special thanks to all of the local students who are doing Autism Awareness events and fundraisers in their schools.  Some of you have made FACES the recipient of your kindness by offering a donation from pretzel sales and dress-down days.  We salute all the students who show how much they care about their inclusive communities!  We are planning our annual picnic at the Cape May Zoo, and hope that you will join us all for the fun. We love you all!

Richard Stockton College, Medical Explorer Post 147, Ventnor Schools, Margate Schools, Oakcrest, Hammonton, EHT, Assumption Regional, Lower Cape May, Upper Twp., Mays Landing, Middle Twp., and Waretown, just to name a few...

Come to a FACES support group meeting in your area, and see how you can help a family by offering to play at a meeting.  Professionals wil be there to assist you.

After working with a family, you may make a connection with a child on the spectrum or a sibling.  If you feel comfortable, offer to childsit, or to take a child to the movies or to Chuck E. Cheese.  

Sometimes this is more valuable a gift than anything you can do for a family dealing with autism. 

FACES Autism Support Group
Cape May County
When: 2nd Monday of the month
Time: 6:00 p.m
Where: Ocean Academy, Crest Haven Road, CMCH
Contact: Lisa Bryant at (609) 224-9124

Recreation and Leisure Services for Individuals with Disabilities Resource Directory from the NJ Department of Community Affairs:

Cape May County Department of Human Services
William Sturm Administration Building - 4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House, NJ   08210
Provides two programs for individuals with disabilities:  Leisure Experiences for Exceptional People and Arts in Motion.

Wildwood Crest Recreation Department
Crest Pier Community Center - 5800 Ocean Avenue
Provides a Harvest Hoe Down, a special event for individuals with disabilities.