Director of Student Services
Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Jennifer Taiariol
Dr. Jennifer Taiariol began her career in education in 2003 as a school psychologist. She worked in that capacity for seven years, when she was hired as a program specialist in the special education department. One year later, she was promoted to Coordinator of Student Services. She held that position for four years, before being hired into her current position as Administrator of Student Services in 2015.
Dr. Taiariol studied at Western Michigan University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, as well as a Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. From there, she went on to Wayne State University, where she received a second Masters in School and Community Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. In 2013, she received her certification for Director of Special Education at Grand Valley State University.
Dr. Tairiol has been recognized numerous times for her commitment to excellence. She received several scholarships and awards throughout her education, has been published in two research journals, and has presented at both the Michigan and National Association of School Psychologist conventions.
Livonia Public Schools has been a leader in the field of support services and special education programs. Long before the passage of federal and state laws requiring general education accommodations and/or appropriate special education programs for all eligible students, Livonia had programs for students experiencing significant social/emotional and/or learning problems. Prevention, intervention, and support programs are services available for students at all levels.
- Outreach services provide and facilitate activities for families to enhance the home/school relationship, as well as coordinating district wide specialized programs and activities.
- Support services provide support in the areas of academic skill development, social skills development, vocational and post high school planning, substance abuse prevention and intervention education, and assistance to students with limited English proficiency. Services are provided to students with social/emotional needs and support is given to classroom teachers in providing appropriate classroom accommodations.
- Special Education programs and services (which are provided to eligible students birth to 26) include evaluation, support to students with disabilities in general education, and a full continuum of special education programs and services based on the LRE (least restrictive environment) appropriate for each student. Multi-district special education center programs provide services to students from Livonia and surrounding Western Wayne County school districts who are eligible for “low incidence” special education programs.
The Student Services Department focuses on offering support to students, parents, and staff in order to help children succeed in their educational program by better understanding unique learning needs and addressing those needs in the classroom.
For more information call 734-744-2615.