Valerie L. Burnett, Ed.D. Director of Pupil Services and Special Education
Dr. Burnett joined the School District of Haverford Township in August of 2008. Following 16 years as a Special Education teacher, she has served as an administrator in West Chester, Lower Merion, and most recently as the Director of Pupil Services in the Rose Tree Media School District. Her interest in special education began through volunteer work as a teenager in her community and high school.
Dr. Burnett earned her undergraduate degree in special education from West Chester University. She holds a masters degree in special education from Penn State University, and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University. Dr. Burnett oversees special education, gifted education and all aspects of pupil services including counseling, psychological services, student assistance and school health. Dr. Burnett resides in West Chester with her husband where she continues her volunteer efforts with Adopt-a-Highway and Habitat for Humanity.
Nicole Battestelli, Pupil Services Coordinator
Mrs. Battestelli joined the School District of Haverford Township in 2006 as a Special Education Teacher at Haverford High School where she comprehensively restructured the Emotional Support program to better serve the needs of students in special education. She also developed, implemented, and evaluated a new social skills program. While at the High School she completed her principal internship serving under the 9th grade Principal. She later joined the Department of Pupil Services as a teacher on special assignment. From 2012-2016, Mrs. Battestelli was the Department Chair for Haverford Online where she coordinated all aspects of the Haverford Online Program.
In her current position, Mrs. Battestelli continues to coordinate the Haverford Online Program. In addition, she oversees the ELL program, homebound instruction, and student accounting.
Mrs. Battestelli has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Special Education and American Studies from LaSalle University and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph's University. Mrs. Battestelli lives in Ambler with her husband and daughter.
Jessica Gondek, Coordinator of Elementary Special Programs
Mrs. Gondek joined the Department of Pupil Services in December 2008, as the Coordinator of Elementary Special Programs. She previously served as Instructional Supervisor of Special Education for Upper Merion Area School District. She began her career teaching autistic support for students ranging in age from 5 to 18.
In her current position, she oversees special education and gifted education in each of Haverford's five elementary schools and out of district placements. She also coordinates the transition of students from Early Intervention with the Delaware County Intermediate Unit to school-aged programming.
Mrs. Gondek has an undergraduate degree in Special Education from Millersville University and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision of Special Education from St. Joseph's University. Mrs. Gondek lives in Havertown with her husband and four daughters.
David Parker, Coordinator of Secondary Special Programs
Mr. Parker joined the Department of Pupil Services in March 2009, as the Coordinator of Secondary Special Programs. Prior to joining Haverford, he served as a Service Coordinator for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, a special education teacher in the Spring-Ford Area School District, and at the Timothy School teaching students with Autism.
In his current position, Mr. Parker oversees secondary programming at Haverford Middle School and Haverford High School for special education, students with disabilities, and students eligible for gifted services. Additionally, he supports secondary students, with unique programming needs who attend non-district programs, and he coordinates transitional services for students between secondary levels and into postsecondary work and or education.
Mr. Parker earned his Bachelor of Arts from Bloomsburg University and Master of Education from Pennsylvania State University. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at Saint Joseph's University in the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program for Educational Leaders (IDEPEL). Mr. Parker and his family live in Great Valley.