Special Education

The Washougal School District Department of Special Education coordinates school and district special education to support each student’s success.  We work directly with students, classroom teachers, administrators, and parents to create a circles of support with an emphasis on educating the whole student.  Our goal is the academic and personal success of each child.

Concerned About Your Child’s Development?

The Washougal School District locates, evaluates and serves children from birth through age 21 with cognitive, motor, social, behavior, speech, language, hearing or vision needs. If you know a child who may have a need in one or more of these areas or if you would like more information about our services, please contact:

For children Birth to 3, ESD 112 has a program that provides essential supports for families of children with special needs.  Please visit the ESD 112 Early Intervention website to learn more about these programs, and the process to learn whether your child can benefit from these supports.

For children 3-5, we offer a developmental preschool for qualifying children

For school aged children, parents of a child with a suspected disability from Kindergarten to age 21 can contract the school psychologist at their child’s neighborhood school (see staff list below).  If your child qualifies, according to Washington State regulations, they may access special education programs appropriate to their need.  Parents of students moving into the district with a current Individualized Educational Program (IEP) are encouraged to notify the school psychologist prior to enrolling. If you need assistance, please contact the Department of Special Education Administrative Assistant, Melissa Cleveland at 360-954-3020.

 

 

Dear Washougal School District Parents and Families:

I am thrilled to serve the Washougal community as the Director of Special Education. I am passionate about building a continuum of supports in Washougal that will be a model for the state of Washington. My “career” in special education started when I was in the fourth grade and I would work alongside students with complex and multiple disabilities learning transition & skills. My mom was a transition coordinator for Hood River County for students with disabilities aged 18-21. My first paid experience came much later when in my mid-20s I was a paraeducator for a Reading First school in Portland, Oregon. I taught small reading groups all day long using Direct Instruction curriculum and my initial skepticism turned into a passion for unlocking the mystery of teaching students to read. I eventually received my Master’s degree from Portland State University in Special Education.

Post graduation, I was an elementary learning specialist in both “resource” and self-contained settings, a question after every success in my classroom kept coming to mind: how do I influence and disrupt the learning trajectory for not just one student or a classroom but the entire system of special education? To explore this question, I decided to embark on advanced coursework in behavior analysis, positive behavior supports, and Implementation Science at the University of Oregon. Five years of inquiry and work experiences at the US Department of Education, the Oregon Department of Education, and several school districts of varying sizes, led me to the decision that leading the work at the district level was my passion and after program administration work in Oregon, I am excited to be doing the work I love and enjoy and in the beautiful community of Washougal.

Dr. Allison Watkins, Director of Special Education
4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal, WA 98671
Phone: 360-954-3020 Fax: 360-954-3082

Resources for parents listed out here

Staff Name Title School Contact Phone
Laurie Brown Special Education Teacher Cape Horn-Skye
Jada Bea Speech Language Pathologist Assistant Cape Horn-Skye
Leslie Gillispie Special Education Teacher Columbia River Gorge Elementary
Khrista McBride Special Education Teacher Columbia River Gorge Elementary
Amy Seufert Psychologist Columbia River Gorge Elementary
Pat Jones Speech Language Pathologist Columbia River Gorge Elementary
Caitlin Snowden Occupational Therapist Columbia River Gorge Elementary
Jocelyn Pratt Special Education Teacher Gause Elementary
Leslie Woodland Special Education Teacher Gause Elementary
Kara Gamboa Speech Language Pathologist Gause Elementary
Abigail Kisseberth School Psychologist Gause Elementary
Ashley Becker-Nunley Occupational Therapist Gause Elementary
Gail Anderson Special Education Teacher Hathaway Elementary
Leslie DeShazer Developmental Preschool Teacher Hathaway Elementary
Abigail Kisseberth School Psychologist Hathaway Elementary
Stephanie Tackett Special Education Teacher Hathaway Elementary
Colleen Overman Occupational Therapist Hathaway Elementary
Stephanie Townsend Speech Language Pathologist Hathaway Elementary
Jennifer Arbaugh Speech Language Pathologist Hathaway Elementary
Laura Mills Physical Therapist Hathaway Elementary
Katherine Baxter Special Education Teacher Canyon Creek Middle
Katie Hofsess Special Education Teacher Canyon Creek Middle
Scott Adams Special Education Teacher Jemtegaard Middle
Pam Ausman Special Education Teacher Jemtegaard Middle
Kristina Garduque Special Education Teacher Jemtegaard Middle
Shannon VanHorn Psychologist Jemtegaard Middle
Darcy Habersetzer Special Education Teacher Washougal High
AJ LaBree Special Education Teacher Washougal High
Janelle Hoglan-Stanton Special Education Teacher Washougal High
Brittney Knotts Special Education Teacher Washougal High
John Miller Special Education Teacher Washougal High
Tim Moore Special Education Teacher Washougal High
Jessica Nickels Special Education Teacher Washougal High
Mary Pursley Special Education Teacher Washougal High
Julie Scott Psychologist Washougal High

 


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