Special Education

District 885 is a member of the Sherburne and Northern Wright Special Eduction Cooperative. The cooperative coordinates and supervises all Special Education staff and programs and provides support staff such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, hearing and vision specialists.

The goal of Special Education is to provide access to an appropriate education for all students and ensure that all students educational needs are provided for. Special education provides an instructional program that will minimize student disability and maximize learning opportunities. The purpose of the program is to provide individualized instruction to meet the educational needs of eligible students ages 3 through 21.

Areas of special education that a child could qualify in depending on his/her needs an defined in the federal and state regulations include the following:

  1. Autism Spectrum Disorders
  2. Developmental cognitive disability
  3. Specific Learning Disability
  4. Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  5. Emotional or Behavior Disorder
  6. Speech or Language Impairment
  7. Deaf-Blind
  8. Other Health Disabilities
  9. Traumatic Brain Injury
  10. Developmental Delay
  11. Physically Impaired

The people who assist in implementing and supporting the plan vary depending on the child's needs, age, and program.

Nicole Fish
Special Education Teacher
763.497.2688 x1209

Kathy LaRose
Special Education Teacher
763.497.2688 x1207

Erin Peterson
Social Worker
763.497.6561 x2208

Kristie Redmann
Psychologist
763.272.2239

Wendy Rehnstrand
Speech
763.497.2688 x1210

Carrie Welker
Special Education Teacher
763.497.2688 x1211

Janelle Ortiz
ECSE Coordinator - Sherburne & Northern Wright County Cooperative
763.272.2930