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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.

Child Find

  • Child Find is the process of identifying and assessing children from birth to 21 years old who may have developmental delays, be at risk of having a developmental delay due to a diagnosed medical condition, or who have an educational disability. Our team may consist of an early childhood special educator, speech pathologist, school psychologist, and/or school nurse. We also provide audiological, motor and behavioral services as needed.

    For children birth up to age three, our Child Find process is done in collaboration with The Resource Exchange. For children ages three to five years old, parents can speak with their child's teacher. For middle school and high school students, parents can meet with the school psychologist or counselor.
Kathlynn Jackson
Director of Special Education
Phone: 719.495.1116
Emily Leschisin
Assistant Director of Special Education
Phone: 719.494.8935
Linda Koch
Special Education Administrative Assistant; Records Requests
Phone: 719.494.8932
Meghan McEvoy
Child Find Coordinator
Phone: 719.494.8751
Lisa Amthor
Special Education Program Specialist
Phone: 719.495.1149 ext. 1050
Cyndi Little
Assistive Technology SWAAAC Coordinator
Phone: 719.210.2443
Patricia Prettyman
Special Education Chair Nurse
Phone: 719.452.1354
Jill Miller
Special Education Chair Motor
Phone: 719.452.1354
Jennifer Hill
Special Education Chair, Mental Health
Jamie Mendell
Special Education Co-Chair Speech
Phone: 719.495.1149 ext. 4228
Heather Salas
Special Education Co-Chair Speech
Dr. Nancy Lemmond
Executive Director of Individualized Learning
Phone: 719.494.8913