Committee on Special Education Support

The Committee on Special Education (CSE) office assists Windward parents/guardians in their interactions with the Committee on Special Education. The team frequently participates in CSE meetings (PPT meetings in Connecticut) for Windward students. With their guidance, parents/guardians can make informed decisions about accessing the CSE process, either in their district of residence or The Windward School public school district of location (White Plains, Harrison) and be prepared to participate in an active and meaningful way in discussions at CSE meetings. The CSE team are knowledgeable about individual evaluations and can help families understand how the CSE is likely to interpret evaluation results. In addition, they are familiar with the continuum of special education services that can be considered for a student. When a student is leaving Windward, they work with parents/guardians and the outplacement office to ensure that special education services, if necessary, will be available in the student's next school setting.

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Prior to coming to Windward, Mr. Beardsley worked as a special education teacher, a CSE chairperson, a director of special education, and an adjunct professor of special education.

Ms. Damashek worked as a special education attorney and NYC public school teacher before starting this role.

Ms. Campbell worked as a school psychologist in both public and private school settings. She has also served as a CSE chairperson and an adjunct professor in special education.

Ms. Papernik worked as Director of Therapies and Related Services in a private school. She has also taught Interview Skills and worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice and schools throughout New York City.

Ms. Papadam is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked as a school clinician in both independent and special education settings. Arielle has also served as the Guidance Counselor at Windward’s Westchester Lower School.


Contact the CSE Office with your questions about IEPs and IESPs, annual reviews and reevaluations, the DOL or the DOR CSE, Section 504 Accommodation Plans, transportation, and testing accommodations after a student leaves Windward.

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Lara Damashek
CSE Director

Alison Campbell
CSE Assistant Director

Peter Beardsley
Lead CSE Liaison

Janie Papernik
CSE Liaison

Arielle Papadam
CSE Liaison

Sheila Tudisco
CSE Associate