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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.

Exceptional Achievers
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Aspire Classroom
Mrs. Zabaneh - Teacher of the Month

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.  

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Jovanka “Jo” Cvitkovich
219.836.7256 ext. 4101

Kathy Phipps
Administrative Assistant
219.836.7256 ext. 4100

Jana Maric
Assistant Director
219.836.7256 ext. 4102

Tammy Katalinic
Primary Coordinator
219.838.2060 ext. 6303

Kathy Hensley
Secondary Coordinator
219.838.3200 ext. 3441

Katherine Marek
School Psychologist
219.836.8635 ext. 7439

Sarah Lerch
School Psychologist
219.836.7256 ext. 4105

Monica Townsend
School Psychologist
219.836.7256 ext. 4106

Jodi Csepiga
Behaviorist / Diagnostician
219.836.7256 ext. 4112

Julie Massoud 
Medicaid Specialist /
CPI Coordinator
219.836.7256 ext. 4103


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. 

If you would like your child to be consider to be a peer mentor, 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.