Student Services


Welcome to District 401's Department for Student Services. We oversee English Learner (EL) and special education services for D401 students, including individualized education plans and related services.


Contact Information


Ms. Kari Smith, MSW, MA, is Director for Student Services. Ms. Smith also serves as the District's McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison. 

► Email: smithk@epcusd401.org

► Phone: 708-583-5836

► Main: 708-452-7292


English Learner (EL) Services


Ms. Jamie Ponce, assistant principal at John Mills Elementary School, is Director for EL & Bilingual Services.

► Email: poncej@epcusd401.org

► Phone: 708-583-6284


McKinney-Vento Homeless Information


Homeless children are provided equal access to the District’s educational programs in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and state law (Illinois Education for Homeless Children Act). 

District procedures are intended to remove barriers to enrollment for homeless children. In addition, the District has designated a liaison for homeless children, Director for Student Services Kari Smith.

The liaison coordinates services to facilitate the enrollment of homeless children and the provision of opportunities for academic success.

Policy 6:140 of the Board of Education's Policy Manual governs District 401's rules and procedures for the education of homeless children.


To Learn More


Please contact Kari Smith if you have questions. We look forward to working with you!