Regional Day School Program for the Deaf

Welcome to the homepage of the Temple Independent School District Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) in Temple, Texas.
TISD and the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf are committed to providing appropriate individualized specialized services for children with disabilities who live in the Temple area. The RDSPD serves children in Temple, Belton, Gatesville, and Salado ISD, Bell County CO-OP (Academy, Holland, Rodgers, and Troy) and the Falls Education Cooperative (Chilton, Marlin, Rosebud-Lott and Westphalia). 
Eligibility for Services
As a student with an auditory impairment, a student (0-21 years old) must meet the following criteria:
  • Have a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with our without amplification, and that adversely affects the child's educational performance, or
  • Have a hearing loss, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects the child's educational performance.
  • Have an educational need for specially designed instruction as determined by a multidisciplinary team based on a review of information provided by:
    • An ontological examination and
    • An audiological examination and
    • A communication assessment addressing the implications of the hearing loss for the student's hearing in a variety of circumstances.
RDSPD Parent Resources
Each month the TISD RDSPD will send out a newsletter to parents of students served by TISD RDSPD. This newsletter will help you stay informed and provide information about our program and about resources to help your child. You can find the most recent newsletter, as well as past newsletters, by clicking on "Monthly Newsletter" in the left-hand column of this page.  If you wish to be added to the newsletter email delivery list, contact You may also access the newsletters on Facebook at Temple RDSPD. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for what you would like to see in our newsletters.
Click on the link below to see our RDSPD Parent Resource Page, organized by topic, with helpful links to resources and information: 
RDSPD Campuses and Staff
RDSPD classrooms are located on the following TISD campuses:
Meridith-Dunbar Early Childhood Academy (MDECA)
Thornton Elementary 
Bonham Middle School
Temple High School 
Kristina Ford
Joy Lohse- Itinerant
Alison Massar- Early Childhood
Karen Saluto- Itinerant and ECI
Tricia Sheaffer- Elementary
Danita Delgado- Jefferson Elementary 
Elizabeth Gonzales- Thornton Elementary (5th Grade)
Darlene Lechuga-Thornton Elementary (5th Grade)
Velva Randolph-Bonham Middle School
Kristy Reding-Thornton Elementary
Patrick Sivils- Thornton Elementary (2nd Grade)
Skylar Stice- MDECA
Emma Suitt- MDECA
Heather Trojan- Thornton Elementary 
Marvin White- Bonham Middle School
Kristina Ford
Coordinator for Deaf Education Services
February 2020
March 2020
April 2020
May 2020-Interpreter Appreciation
May 2020- Teacher Appreciation 
August 20200 Back to School 
September 2020
October 2020