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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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