Highlights/Results from the KCKPS Literary Festival
KCKPS Kidzone Director Daryel Garrison Receives 2017 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award
New KCKPS Video Highlights District’s Outstanding Features
KCKPS Officer Orlando Singleton Receives 2017 Consensus Civility Award
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Board of Education - Election Results
Coronado Middle School's Dress for Success Day
Coronado Middle School's Dress for Success Day

SPED Building Assignments 2017 - 2018

Elementary & Secondary

School Psychologist Speech Pathologist Occupational Therapist Physical Therapist
Argentine Jenny Ikenberry Emily White Mark Perez Gracia Matlack
Arrowhead Laura Wasserman Laura Welch Karen Hinkle Gracia Matlack
Banneker Abby Knipp Vacancy Shawn Barry Renee Cooper
Bethel Megan Fuller Ashley Lang Abbie Squire Renee Cooper
Bridges Brett Murray Keelin Althoff Mary Thompson Gracia Matlack
Caruthers Amanda Todd Sarah Mockapetris Mary Thompson Gracia Matlack
Central Middle Amanda Todd Enaam Shull Shawn Barry Gracia Matlack
Claude Huyck Laura Wasserman Laura Welch Becky Stephens Renee Cooper
Coronado Austin Collier Ashley Lang Mark Perez Gracia Matlack
Douglass Lindsey Joern Janie Davis Shawn Barry Renee Cooper
Eisenhower Sandra Padmanabhan Chelsea Iffrig Karen Hinkle  
Emerson

Courtney

Shepard

Emily Catlin Shawn Barry Gracia Matlack
Eugene Ware Olivia Riscovallez Vacancy Maggie Herr Renee Cooper
Fairfax Jill Rangarajan Keelin Althoff Karen Hinkle  
Frances Willard Olivia Riscovallez Stephanie Pickert Maggie Herr Gracia Matlack
Frank Rushton

Lauren Davison

Symmonds

Michelle

Nickolett

Gail Green

Becky Stephens

Gracia Matlack
Grant Lindsey Joern Shanna Nicks Shawn Barry Renee Cooper
Harmon/ Prepare House Belinda Kathurima Sarah Burnham Karen Hinkle Mark Perez Gracia Matlack
Hazel Grove Megan Fuller

Michelle Briggs

Kristen Cheung

Karen Hinkle Renee Cooper
JDC Jill Rangarajan Keelin Althoff Karen Hinkle  
JFK Megan Fuller Kylie Yang Becky Stephens Renee Cooper
John Fiske Diana Dukovcic Enaam Shull Abbie Squire Gracia Matlack

KAPPS / IAES

(New Directions)

Brett Murray Keelin Althoff Karen Hinkle  
Kaw Valley Jill Rangarajan Keelin Althoff Karen Hinkle Renee Cooper
Lindbergh Jennifer Stephens Jennifer Kern Maggie Herr Gracia Matlack
M.E. Pearson Jennifer Stephens Melanie Coate Nicole Kleoppel Maggie Herr Renee Cooper
Mark Twain Courtney Shepard Shanna Nicks Shawn Barry Gracia Matlack
McKinley Lindsey Joern Janie Davis Shawn Barry Gracia Matlack
New Chelsea Abby Knipp

Jennifer Doerfler Sarah

Mockapetris

Shawn Barry Gracia Matlack


Elementary & Secondary School Psychologist Speech Pathologist Occupational Therapist Physical Therapist
New Stanley Courtney Shepard Rachel Baker Shawn Barry Gracia Matlack
Noble Prentis Lauren Davison Symmonds Emily Rose Patrick Shawn Barry Renee Cooper
Northwest Jenny Ikenberry Joan Robinson Mary Thompson Gracia Matlack
Parker Abby Knipp Stephanie Pickert Shawn Barry Renee Cooper
Quindaro Olivia Riscovallez Joan Robinson Shawn Barry Renee Cooper
500 Reach Jill Rangarajan Keelin Althoff Karen Hinkle  
Rosedale Lauren Davison Symmonds Keelin Althoff Abbie Squire Gracia Matlack
Schlagle Austin Collier Teresa Willis Mark Perez Renee Cooper
Silver City Diana Dukovcic Jessie Caceres Abbie Squire Gracia Matlack
Stony Pt. North Bethany Stump Melanie Coate Vacancy Becky Stephens Mary Thompson Renee Cooper
Stony Pt. South Bethany Stump

Caroline

Swanson

Becky Stephens Gracia Matlack
Sumner Brett Murray Keelin Althoff Mark Perez Gracia Matlack
T.A. Edison Diana Dukovcic Nicole Griffith Abbie Squire Renee Cooper
W.A. White Bethany Stump Caroline Swanson Karen Hinkle Gracia Matlack
Washington Sandra Padmanabhan Teresa Willis Karen Hinkle Gracia Matlack
Welborn Bailey Ossello Elise Antista Abbie Squire Gracia Matlack
West Middle Bailey Ossello Emily White Karen Hinkle Gracia Matlack
White Church Laura Wasserman Chelsea Iffrig Mary Thompson Renee Cooper
Whittier Brett Murray Kelsey Kohn Abbie Squire Renee Cooper
Wyandotte Peggy Folkert Keelin Althoff Mark Perez Gracia Matlack
Early Childhood School Psychologist Speech Pathologist Occupational Therapist Physical Therapist
Earl Watson Michal Nissenbaum Layla Houser Sarah Plese Mallory McIntosh  
KCKECC Sharon Anderson

Megan Cole Sharon Glaser Kerri Schreiber Tracy Valenti

Melissa Wirtz

Mallory McIntosh Renee Cooper
Morse Theresa VonColln

Kathleen Lemon Layla Houser

Marcia Hurt Manisha Tatum

Gail Green Gracia Matlack
North Central Office Michal Nissenbaum

Emily Catlin Susanne Mahoney

Claire Muraski

Gail Green Gracia Matlack


Bellrose Theresa VonClln Kathleen Lemon Mallory McIntosh  
Douglass Heights Theresa VonClln Rachel Baker Mallory McIntosh  
El Centro Theresa VonClln Susanne Mahoney Mallory McIntosh  
KSSB Head Start

Sharon

Anderson

Layla Houser Mallory McIntosh  
Rainbow Mennonite Theresa VonClln Manisha Tatum Mallory McIntosh  
Trinity

Sharon

Anderson

Tracy Valenti Mallory McIntosh  
Banneker Michal Nissenbaum Vacancy Mary Thompson  
Caruthers Michal Nissenbaum Sarah Mockapetris Shawn Barry  
Douglass Michal Nissenbaum Janie Davis Shawn Barry  
ME Pearson Theresa VonColln Nicole Kleoppel Maggie Herr  
Silver City Sharon Anderson Jessie Caceres Abbie Squire  
TA Edison Theresa VonColln Nicole Griffith Abbie Squire  
Bonner Springs

School
Psychologist

Speech
Pathologist

Occupational
Therapist

Physical
Therapist

Bonner Elem. Carissa Erlacher Megan Marten Kelly Long Renee Cooper

Bonner Head

Start

Rae Anna

Mayfield

Sara Mahoney Kelly Long Renee Cooper
Bonner High Nathaniel Drenker Megan Marten Kelly Long Renee Cooper
Clark Middle Nathaniel Drenker Michelle Briggs Kelly Long Renee Cooper
Delaware Ridge Carissa Erlacher Michelle Briggs Kelly Long Renee Cooper
Edwardsville Carissa Erlacher Carol Cicero Kelly Long Renee Cooper
McDanield Rae Anna Mayfield Sara Mahoney Kelly Long Renee Cooper
Piper School Psychologist Speech Pathologist Occupational Therapist Physical Therapist
Piper Pre-K Rae Anna Mayfield Judy Alexander- Smith Kelly Long Renee Cooper
Piper East (3-5) Rae Anna Mayfield Judy Alexander- Smith Mallory McIntosh Renee Cooper
Piper Ele (K-3) Jessica Wells Carol Cicero Kelly Long Renee Cooper
Piper Middle Jessica Wells Judy Alexander- Smith Karen Hinkle Renee Cooper
Piper High Jessica Wells Judy Alexander- Smith Karen Hinkle Renee Cooper


Parochial School Psychologist Speech Pathologist Occupational Therapist Physical Therapist
Bishop Ward Peggy Folkert Keelin Althoff    
Christ the King Bailey Ossello Elise Antista    
Holy Name Lauren Davison Symmonds Michelle Nickolett    
Open Door

Rae Anna

Mayfield

Carol Cicero    
Our Lady Montessori Diana Dukovcic Nicole Griffith    
Resurrection Jennifer Stephens Nicole Kleoppel    
St. Patrick’s Megan Fuller Jennifer Kern    
V. Lindsay Abby Knipp Jennifer Doerfler    

Wyandotte County Infant-Toddler Services

What is the Infant-Toddler Services Program?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates special education for children from birth through age 21. A section of this law (Part C) sets guidelines for services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. The State of Kansas administers these services through the Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), and Kansas City Kansas Public Schools contracts with KDHE and provides these services through the Wyandotte County Infant-Toddler Services program.

Who Receives the Services?

Infant-Toddler Services are provided to all children through age 2 and their families. Eligibility is determined by demonstrated delay in one of more developmental areas or a condition that is likely to result in such a delay. Kansas City Kansas Public Schools serves all eligible children who reside in Wyandotte County, KS.

Approximately 600 children receive services annually through this program.

What Services are Provided?

A variety of services are named in the Part C regulations and must be available if needed. In practice, most children and families' needs are met by one or more of the following services: Developmental Intervention (provided by Early Childhood Special Educators), Speech Language services, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy, Social Work, Health Services, and Interpretation/Translation. Other services, such as specialized services for children who are visually impaired or deaf/hard of hearing, are provided by contracting with community partners.

The focus of all services is to increase the capacity of families to work toward indentified outcomes with their own children. An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is written with each family. As a part of every plan, one of the service providers will assume the role of Family Service Coordinator (FSC). The FSC is responsible for monitoring the IFSP process and connecting the family to other resources necessary to meet their needs.

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools emphasizes a team approach among service providers as well as with caregivers. We employ a staff of trained teachers, therapists, and related service providers who work in geographic teams to serve each eligible child and family. Team members use their specific expertise as well as the collective strength of the team to enable all caregivers to work toward family-identified outcomes.

Where are the Services Provided?

In accordance with best practices and state and federal regulations, children are served in their natural environments to the maximum extent possible. This is defined as being a place where children would naturally be if they did not have a disability. Most often, this is the family home or child care setting, but could include other community settings, as well.

What if I think a child may need services?

Anyone can make a referral. Most often, referrals come from health care providers, other community agencies (Parents As Teachers, Early Head Start, etc.) and family members. A referral can be made by calling 913-627-5500  (fax 913-627-5501).

When a referral is made, a member of our staff will contact the family within 2 working days. An intake visit is scheduled with the family in order to prepare for a full evaluation of the child. If the child is eligible, the service providers and family work together to create the Individualized Family Service Plan. The plan is reviewed periodically, and continues until the child turns three or is no longer eligible.

Services are provided at no cost to families.

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Organization (Who We Are or Who Are We)

Special Education Administrative Team

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Coordinator of Pre-K-12 progarms in the Shlagle cluster including North Central Office Early Childhood Center. She also supervises K-12 gifted teachers and supports all elementary SLC paraprofessionals.

627-2606

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Interim Coordinator of Specialized Programs K-12 to include Lifeskills, and Prepare House programs. 
She supervises occupational therapists, physical therapists, music therapists, adaptive PE team, transition teachers and the speech language pathologists that support the specialized programs. She supports all specialized program paraprofessionals.

627-5641

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Coordinator of all PreK- 12 programs in Bonner Springs/Edwardsville and Piper School Districts. She supervises related service providers whose primary assignment is in Bonner Springs/Edwardsville and Piper.

627-2641  or 422-7970

Dr. Michelle Colvin
Director of Special Education, she directly supervises school psychologists, nursing services, and special education support staff.

627-2614

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Coordinator of PreK-12 SLC programs in the Harmon cluster including Morse Early Childhood Center.  She supports all middle and high school SLC paraprofessionals.  

627-5675

Ms. Kathy Growney
Coordinator of middle school and high school SLC/ED programs in the Harmon and Wyandotte clusters and principal of Bridges/Wyandot Academy.  
She also supervises special education alternative programs. 

627-5640  

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Coordinator of Wyandotte County Infant Toddler Services.

287-5510

Ms. Jennifer Martin
Coordinator of alternative programs, Bridges/Wyandot Academy and K-12 ED programs. She supervises school social workers and KVC school staff. She also supports all ED paraprofessionals. 

627-5669 

Mrs. Tracy Smarr-Dolezal
Coordinator of student data, state compliance and WebKIDSS management. She supervises the MIS data assistants, assistive technology facilitator and speech language pathologists not assigned to Infant/Toddler, Bonner Springs/Edwardsville, and Piper. 

627-2627

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Coordinator of PreK-12 SLC programs in the Washington cluster including Earl Watson Early Childhood Center.  She supervises the teachers of the visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing K-12 as well as audiology.     

627-2829 

Special Education Teacher Leaders

Through purposeful coaching and professional development, the Special EducationTeacher Leader provides supports withthe intent to increase teacher effectiveness. Whereas, the first line of instructional reinforcement is the building personnel, the Special Education Teacher Leader is also available to be a classroom supporter, data coach, instructional specialist, and learning facilitator.

An Instructional Special Education Teacher Leader is someone whose primary professional responsibility is to bring evidence-based instructional practices and strategies into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders.  

The role of the behavior teacher leader is as a professional learning specialist who coaches staff on how to effectively collect and analyze data, deliver and differentiate instruction to prevent undesired behavior, teach replacement behavior, reinforce desired behavior, and use evidence-based proactive classroom management strategies.

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Instructional Teacher Leader for the Washington Cluster
627-5680

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Behavior Teacher Leader for the Schlagle Cluster
627-4811

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Teacher Leader for Early Childhood programs
627-2602

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Teacher Leader for Bonner Springs/Edwardsville and Piper
422-7970

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Behavior Teacher Leader for the Washington Cluster
627-5666 

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Teacher Leader for STEPS/Autism
627-5661

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Instructional Teacher Leader for the Harmon Cluster
627-5690

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Behavior Teacher Leader for the Wyandotte Cluster
627-2633

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Instructional Teacher Leader for the Wyandotte Cluster
627-2774

Nancy Niemann 
Teacher Leader for Life Skills
627-5658

Kendra Parris
Instructional Teacher Leader for the Schlagle Cluster
627-2916

Karen Williamson
Behavior Teacher Leader for the Harmon Cluster
627-5628

Para Educators

Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative

Handbook

Para-Educator Handbook 2015-16 School Year .pdf 

Forms

Monthly Para-Educator In-Service Record .doc 

History of the Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative

The Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative was established in 1972 and includes the Bonner Springs, Kansas City, Kansas and Piper School Districts. The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools oversee the administration of the Cooperative through a Board of Directors which is comprised of the Superintendents of each participating school district. The Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative provides each exceptional child, residing within the Cooperative districts, a free and appropriate public education.

In 1975, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA, was passed. This allowed all school-age students the opportunity to receive an education from the public schools regardless of their disabilities.

In 1997, Congress reauthorized and strengthened IDEA. They wanted to educate students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment and ensure that there was accountability in the quality of education the students with disabilities received.

In 2004, Congress expanded IDEA to give further guidance on the IEP process, assessment, progress reports, transition, IEP attendance and participation, due process, and discipline.

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