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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.

Kelli Meyer

Kelli Meyer

ASD Center Base
Kelli.Meyer@district196.org
Voicemail: 84201

Mrs. Meyer's class website

Wendy Mandigo

Wendy Mandigo

Sp Ed Resource Teacher
Sp Ed Resource Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School
Dana Withrow

Dana Withrow

School Psychologist
School Psychologist
Dakota Hills Middle School
Amanda Boogerd

Amanda Boogerd

CIP/CID Teacher
CIP/CID Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School
Amanda Nichols

Amanda Nichols

Sp Ed Resource Teacher
Sp Ed Resource Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School

Melissa Horejsi

Melissa Horejsi

Vision Impaired Teacher
Vision Impaired Teacher
Highland Elementary, District Service Center, School Of Environmental Studies
Ann Raimann

Ann Raimann

Sp Ed Centerbased Teacher
Sp Ed Centerbased Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School
Katie Konat

Katie Konat

Sp Ed Resource Teacher
Sp Ed Resource Teacher
Dakota Hills Middle School
Amy Erickson

Amy Erickson

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher
Eagan High School, District Service Center, Parkview Elementary, Dakota Hills Middle School, School Of Environmental Studies, Rosemount Middle School, Dakota Ridge School
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Jordan Bardal

Learning Disabilities
jordan.bardal@district196.org
Voicemail: 86757

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Brianna Buecksler

Learning Disabilities
brianna.buecksler@district196.org
Voicemail: 84842

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Dan Holle

DAPE
mailto:dan.holle@district196.org
Voicemail: