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Welcome to the Exceptional Achievers Department

The purpose of the Exceptional Achievers Department is to provide  a full continuum of special education services for our students. Special education includes specially-designed instruction to meet a student’s unique educational needs and related services to support a student’s educational program. The services range from support for students placed in general education classroom settings to self-contained specialized programs for students whose educational needs require more intensive services and support.

MVD with ASPIRE Students
Exceptional Achievers
Student on IPad
Students celebrating
Aspire Classroom
Staff at Kickoff Event

New for the 2023-24 School Year - Monthly Screenings

Starting in September, the School Town of Munster will conduct monthly screenings for families who are concerned that their child may need specialized instruction.  Click HERE to complete the questionnaire or call Kathy Phipps at 219.836.7256 ext. 4100 for more information.  

Monthly Screening Dates:



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Director of Exceptional Achievers

Jana Maric

Assistant Director of Exceptional Achievers

Tammy Katalinic

Primary Coordinator of Exceptional Achievers

Marianne Orfanos

Secondary Coordinator of Exceptional Achievers

Kathleen Phipps

Administrative Assistant

Julie Massoud

Assistant to Food Service & Exceptional Achievers

Little Mustangs - Early Childhood Program

Little Mustangs

School Town of Munster offers a continuum of services for children ages 3 to 5 who are eligible under Indiana’s special education rules. This program is available to Munster residents ONLY!

STM Early Childhood Assessment Team offers a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation in order to determine if the student qualifies for services per Article 7.  

Special Education services are provided in a variety of settings appropriate to meet the needs of each child. Currently, STM has Early Childhood classrooms at Frank Hammond Elementary School that host our youngest learners in developmentally appropriate classrooms. 

STM is bringing back peer models for the Early Childhood Program with limited availability. 

The Peer Mentor Program is designed to support students who are ages 3-5 years of age who do not have an identified disability. If you are interested in the peer mentor program for your child (age 3-5), please click HERE to complete the questionnaire.  Acceptance is on a first come-first serve basis.  For more information, please contact Kathy Phipps at 219.836.7256 ext. 4100.