Special Education Updates

2017 ESY (Extended School Year)

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Special Education Overview

  • Our special education teams and services work to keep you informed of and supported in the educational trends related to standards-based instruction, accommodations, and classroom assessment for students with a disability.

    Highly effective school environments prioritize the academic achievement and social skills of all students.

    We identify research-based strategies and practices that support positive behavioral outcomes for all students. Implementation of effective strategies and best practices within a variety of host settings, improves school climate and student outcomes.

    Accommodations play an important role in educational settings, particularly for students whose disabilities interfere with performing learning task (such as reading a book, taking notes in class, or writing an essay) or testing tasks (such as getting through the items within the time limit or filling in the circles on a multiple-choice test). A critical part of teaching and assessing students with disabilities, then, is providing them with accommodations that support learning and that support their ability to show what they know and can do.”

    It is our goal to provide educators and administrators current information and resources in the areas of instructional accommodations and assessment for students with a disability. Please contact your district or school special education teams to take advantage of state guidance documents, professional development training opportunities and other resources designed to support all students with a documented need, including students with a disability.

Preschool Special Education

  • Preschool special education is a state and federal mandated program for three- and four-year-old children who meet state eligibility criteria of developmental delay or disability and are experiencing challenges in their learning and development. A child is eligible if they have a significant delay in one or more areas of development, such as learning, speaking or playing. Eligible children are entitled to a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. This means that the required preschool services are to be provided in the least restrictive setting at no cost to parents.
Dr. Jean Rice
Director of Special Education
Phone: 719.494.8932
Rosa Stephens
Special Education Administrative Assistant
Phone: 719.494.8932
David Hurley
Special Education Coordinator iConnect Zone
Phone: 719.963.7028
Emily Tucker
Special Education Coordinator Falcon Zone
Phone: 719.494.8935
Tami Matthews
Special Education Coordinator Sand Creek Zone
Phone: 719.491.3044
Sheryl Montoya
Special Education Coordinator Power Zone
Phone: 719.310.8456
Meghan McEvoy
Child Find Coordinator
Phone: 719.494.8715
Lisa Amthor
Individualized Education Programs Specialist
Phone: 719.495.1149 ext. 1050
Patsy Prettyman
Special Education Nurse Team Lead
Phone: 719.452.1354
Ryan Can
Special Education Motor Team Co-Lead
Mark Guthmiller
Special Education School Psychologist Team Co-Lead
Jamie Mendell
Special Education SLP Team Co-Lead
Phone: 719.495.1149 ext 4228
Heather Salas
Special Education SLP Team Co-Lead
Dr. Nancy Lemmond
Executive Director of Individualized Education
Phone: 719.494.8933
Leatha Hansz
Individualized Education Compliance Assistant
Phone: 719.495.1149 x1038
Megan Mucciolo
Special Education School Psychologist Team Co-Lead
Julie Can
Special Education Motor Team Co-Lead