Special Education Updates

2017 ESY (Extended School Year)

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.
Nancy Lemmond
Individualized Education Executive Director
Office: 719.494.8913
Kari Frederick
Individualized Education Administrative Assistant
Office: 719.494.8933
Kathlynn Jackson
Spec. Ed. Director
Office: 719.495.1116
Emily Leschisin
Assistant Spec. Ed. Director
Office: 719.494.8935
Linda Koch
Spec. Ed. Administrative Assistant
Office: 719.494.8932
Lisa Amthor
Spec. Ed. Data Technician
Office: 719.495.1149, ext. 1050
Meghan McEvoy
Child Find Coordinator
Office: 719.494.8751
Cyndi Little
Assistive Technology SWAAAC Coordinator
Office: 719.210.2443
Kim Boyd
Spec. Ed. Chair, Mental Health; Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Office: 719.494.8944
Jill Miller
Spec. Ed. Chair, Motor
Office: 719.641.1690
Jennifer Gabrielson
Spec. Ed. Chair, Nurse
Office: 719.210.3078
Raenise Sampson
Spec. Ed. Chair, Speech
Office: 719.244.6323