Garden City SEPTA Members are parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and friends. We share a commitment to provide ALL students with the high quality education provided by our district. All members of the community are welcome to join us in supporting this vision.

What we do:

  • Support a variety of services that address unique learning abilities (including, special education classes, resource rooms, consultants, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, gifted & talented programs, etc.)

  • Advocate for inclusion of students receiving special education

  • Improve communication between parents, school personnel and administrators

  • Educate the community on the benefits of including children of ALL abilities in the exceptional social, athletic and cultural events that take place in Garden City

  • Host a variety of speakers to address common parental concerns (i.e. Assistive Technology, Auditory Processing, Anxiety, Homework, etc.)

Questions or comments?  Ideas or suggestions?  

Let us know, we love hearing from you! Any general questions, comments or suggestions for SEPTA?  Click here to send them to our attention. 

Wish to reach a representative directly? Just click their name below and write their title in the subject line of your email.  Thank you!


Co-President - Neha Bajaj 
Co-President - Eileen Henke
Vice Presidents of Grants - Ann Heaney & Megan Sutcliffe 
Treasurer - Carole Valenti
Secretary - Cris Florio
Vice President of Membership - Michelle Bilotti
Vice President of Communications - Cristina Dickey


Hemlock - Maggie Rogers 
Homestead - Lisa Sullivan & Jacqueline Hook
Locust - Cassidy Hayes
Stewart - Lori Katinas
Stratford - Martha Yasso 
Middle School - Danielle Sack 
High School - Effie Campbell

The role of the SEPTA School DIRECTOR

As the building director, your main responsibility is to be the point person for your assigned building. You will act as a liaison between SEPTA and your building. We will provide you information to relay to your building and you will provide the SEPTA board with critical information and updates.


  • Help designate a SITE based rep for your building (Please send us any possible candidates who may wish to volunteer in your building to act as SITE based rep.) (the Site based job description is attached below)

You will also need to

  • Hold a joint meeting with your curriculum rep, site based rep and principal at least 2x per year

  • Attend PTA meetings for your school and share any important SEPTA updates

  • Foster dialogue and promote positive relationships among parents, teachers and administrators

*In your role as a SEPTA representative, it is imperative that the opinions that you offer to parents accurately reflect those of SEPTA which may not necessary be your own.


Primary Schools - Michael Krumholz 
Stewart -  Vacant
Stratford - Vacant
Middle School - Pauline Zaino  
High School - Effie Campbell

Our Site Base reps meet 4 times per year with the Site Based Planning Committee and work with the school PTA Directors to address parents' issues and concerns. The purpose of this committee is to improve the educational performance of all students, regardless of such factors as socioeconomic status, race, gender, language, background or disability.



Primaries - Shanna Maier 
Stratford - Karen Butt 
Stewart - Maureen Legarde
Middle School - Francis Mingoia 
High School - Joellen Crowley

Our Curriculum reps attend monthly meetings with the school principals as well as periodic meetings with the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum.



Erin Debrich



Gina Fornasar



Cristina Dickey, Editor 
Lauren Healey, Proofreader


If any of the above positions interest you, please let us know. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to get involved! Contact for more information.



Garden City SEPTA would like to welcome you to the Family. Our Family Mentor Program connects parents who are going through the CPSE to CSE transition with a parent who has already gone through the process. Your SEPTA mentor will help, should you have questions or concerns about this transition. We feel that having a parent in the district to help guide our new parents will make the transition that much smoother.

Remember, "It takes a village to raise a child."

Lastly, please be sure to join GCSEPTA to stay on top of new information and participate in all the great speakers and actives we have planned this year!


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