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Elementary Special Education Services

Elementary Special Education Teachers

Forrest Street Early Learning Center
Kindergarten – First Grade:

Barb Gluch

Julie Warmke

Third Street Elementary
Second Grade – Third Grade:

Scott Tubbs

Pam Olson

New Hire                          

Gebhardt Elementary
Fourth – Fifth Grade

Sue Kotlarz

Carrie Christie

Melissa Scharpf


                                                 School District of Black River Falls

Special Education at the Elementary Level (K- 5)

Students with special educational needs and IEPs (individual education plans) are served by highly qualified general education and special education teachers.  The students are also supported by highly qualified paraprofessionals, who work under the direction of the special education teachers.  Disability areas which are serviced at this level include the following:

  • Autism
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Emotional Behavioral Disability
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Significant Developmental Delay
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech and Language
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vision

Regardless of the disability area, services designed to meet individual needs are available.  These services are based upon a philosophy of integrated service delivery.  This means that special educators work in collaboration with general educators to meet the needs of all students within the classroom as much as possible, although some services may be provided in the resource room.  Many other professionals may also provide related services to students with disabilities including: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, Counselors, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, School Nurses, Hearing Interpreters, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, and Speech and Language Pathologists. Related services may be provided to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education and meet their IEP goals.  The amount and frequency of these services are determined by the IEP team for individual students.  With a focus on integrated services and inclusion, we seek to continually grow as professionals so we provide effective services and instruction to our students.  We work to maximize all students’ learning by striving to make every classroom is an inclusive and adaptive learning environment that meets the needs of diverse student populations. In order to fulfill our mission, we are continuously engaged in professional development and other improvement efforts aimed at providing quality services that meet the needs of all students. In our efforts to meet all students’ needs, we consistently work to ensure that students with disabilities are receiving the services they need to make progress in their educational program. Our goal is to always move towards independence for each of our students so that they may grow into successful community members as adults.