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Special Education

District 196 Special Education is committed to equitable opportunities through high quality practices to accelerate growth for all students.

Equitable opportunities to accelerate growth

We provide a full continuum of services for students with disabilities in a wide range of service delivery models. Most students receive services in their neighborhood school and, when possible, in their general education classroom setting. 

Special Education is specialized instruction specific to the student at no cost to parents. The instruction is designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. Children must meet specific criteria set by the State of Minnesota and the Federal Government to receive special education services. Special Education is an instructional service, not a place. 

To receive special education services, a student must first be evaluated and meet state criteria. Once qualified, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed for the student.

Additional Resources

Special Education Programs at DHMS

DHMS Special Education Staff

To access our voicemail system, dial 651-683-6969, plus the five-digit extension.

Brianna Buecksler

Brianna Buecksler

Sp Ed Resource Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School

Kyle Ellmann

Sp Ed Centerbased Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School
Amy Erickson

Amy Erickson

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher
Eagan High School, Northview Elementary, Dakota Hills Middle School, Black Hawk Middle School, Oak Ridge Elementary
Alexandria Von Eschen

Alexandria Von Eschen

Sp Ed Resource Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School
Daniel Holle

Daniel Holle

Adaptive PE Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School, Woodland Elementary
Melissa Horejsi

Melissa Horejsi

Vision Impaired Teacher
District Service Center, Echo Park Elementary
Katie Konat

Katie Konat

Sp Ed Resource Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School
Wendy Mandigo

Wendy Mandigo

Sp Ed Centerbased Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School
Brennan McKeag

Brennan McKeag

Sp Ed Centerbased Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School
Susan Mencel

Susan Mencel

Music Therapist
District Service Center, Dakota Hills Middle School, Black Hawk Middle School
Kelli Meyer

Kelli Meyer

Sp Ed Centerbased Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School
Amanda Nichols

Amanda Nichols

Sp Ed Resource Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School
Ann Raimann

Ann Raimann

Sp Ed Centerbased Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School
Dana Withrow

Dana Withrow

School Psychologist
Dakota Hills Middle School

Speech-Language Services

Jaci Martin

Jaci Martin

Speech-Language Pathologist
Dakota Hills Middle School, Black Hawk Middle School
Kate Schletty

Kate Schletty

Speech-Language Pathologist
Dakota Hills Middle School