Welcome to Exceptional Student Education!

We are extremely excited to begin another school year at Lake Gem Elementary! The Lake Gem ESE department provides services to students with varying exceptionalities, ranging from Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ALL of our ASD classrooms are equipped with Interactive White Boards to enhance student learning through the use of technology.

The ESE staff is committed to ensuring that ALL students are successful. We consist of ASD teachers, Varying Exceptionalities teacher, Paraprofessionals, Program Assistants/Support Facilitators, Behavior Specialist, and Staffing Specialist. We look forward to working with you and your child this year.

To assist us in providing the best educational experience for your child:

  • Read your child's planner every night.
  • Please ensure that your child arrives to school on time each day. Every minute counts!
  • Inform us of any concerns or issues you may have regarding your child; communication is key!
  • Establish and maintain routines at home, so that your child can adjust to the routines and expectations at school.
  • Stop by and visit! We love to see our parents and show you what our students are learning each day.
  • Attend your child's IEP meetings because your input is valuable.
  • Become an ADDitions volunteer

Back to school reminders...

  • Send in school supplies as soon as possible
  • Get a good night sleep
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Get to know your teacher
Student Supply List

Autism wordline

Pre-K ASD :Thorton
K-1 ASD: Scott
1-3 ASD: R. Hamilton
3-5 ASD: Robinson

Upcoming Events
Stay tuned for exciting events coming up in ESE!

Helpful Links and Websites:



Autism Spectrum Disorder

OCPS Exceptional Student Education

UCF Card Website


Autism awareness ribbon

Meaning of autism: Always unique; Totally Interesting; Sometimes Mysterious