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Special Education

Federal law and state administrative rules outline a public school’s obligation to meet the needs of students ages birth through 26 years who are eligible for special education.  Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) outline the needs, accommodations, goals, and services for that constitute a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for each eligible student.

Approximately 3,500 students with IEPs are served by Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District and the 16 public school districts, 4 public school academies, and 12 nonpublic schools in the region.  Local districts provide a variety of consultative and classroom services.  TBAISD provides assessment, specialized consultation and direct services, and center-based programming in a variety of settings to enhance student growth and facilitate the transition to postsecondary opportunities.  Additionally, the ISD provides support to parents, professional development, and guidance to local districts to ensure that students with IEPs have every opportunity to succeed.

Special Education Supervisors

Karen Spring,  Compliance Supervisor    231.922.6233
Leigh Kennedy,  Coordinator of Curriculum    231.922.6393

Service Area Supervisors

Rebecca Goodwin    231.922.6566 (TCAPS Schools)
Julie Gordon    231.922.6485 (Special Education Preschool Assessment, Behavior services)
Brooke Laurent    231.922.6462 (Southwest service area)
Emily Quinn-Nausadis     231.922.6466 (TCAPS Schools)
Kim Urbanski     231.922.6470 (Northwest service area)
Janet VanZale       231.922.6462 (Northeast service area)
Jill Vigenski  231.922.6474 (TCAPS Schools)

Center-based Program Supervisors

Rena Spencer,  Transition Campus/Life Skills Center (former AWC)    231.922.6357
Jessica Harrand, New Campus School   231.922.6485
MartyAnn Guiney , Programs for Students with Cognitive Impairments    231.933.5685
Debra Drayton-Nelson,  Programs for Students with  Autism    231.933.5682

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Special Ed News

Picture of students celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act.

ADA 25 Celebration

Students celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act. More...
Students honored by State Council.

Students Honored by State Council

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children honored two TBAISD students on March 3.
Picture of AWC Transition Campus student who delights the audience in his phantom of the opera mask.

Inspiring Talent

AWC Transition Campus students WOW family and friends during the annual talent show. More...
student learning to use Mobility Opportunities via Education.

MOVE Curriculum

Students and staff are on the MOVE! More...
TBAISD logo with photos of a tall ship with sails  and downtown Traverse City Michigan.

Students on the MOVE

Learn how TBAISD is implementing the MOVE program to help students with disabilities become more active in their learning. More...