Evergreen Public Schools Special Education Department

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Special Education Department

Children with physical, emotional, academic, or intellectual disabilities may be eligible for special services through the district’s Special Education program. Assessments are done at the school level, and parents are involved in the assessment process and in determining placement into the program. For more information, please contact an administrator at your child’s school or the Special Services Office at (360) 604-6700.

Child Find

Evergreen Public Schools conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to twenty-one (21) with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries. This includes students attending private schools within the Evergreen Public Schools attendance area. If your family is living in an unhoused or temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are currently staying for a screening. 

Free Developmental Screenings are available for children ages birth through five.

Children are screened in the areas of motor, concepts, speech and language by professionals. A hearing and vision screening may also be done. Developmental screening can identify children who are in need of further evaluation and/or participation in early intervention or early childhood services that address their areas of need.

For children ages birth through two years of age, please call Educational Services District 112 at 360-750-7500.

For children ages 3-5 years, please call Special Services at 360-604-6700

Special Education Services

Special education in Evergreen Public Schools is not a “place:” rather, it is a set of services provided for students with disabilities. Evergreen Public Schools collaborates with families to serve the individual needs of children. The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal legislation that helps guide school teams and families in the qualification of students and the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEP).  Evergreen Public Schools provides a Continuum of Services to meet the needs of our diverse student population.

Procedural Safeguards

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Legal Assistance List for Special Education Due Process Disputes: The Office of Administrative Hearings maintains a list of attorneys, and agencies who have requested that they be included as a resource for parents. The list includes: 1) free or low cost legal service providers; 2) public (not for profit) organizations that assist parents but are not legal service providers; and, 3) attorneys who have experience and/or interest in special education law. This is the most recent list and is available for districts to provide parents upon request. It is also maintained on OSPI's website (Link).

Special Education Contacts

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Ellen WiessnerSenior Director of Special Services
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Matthew BennettDirector of Special Services
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Todd KarnofskiAssistant Director of Special Programs
Archway Academy
Union High Legacy High Home Choice Academy
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Student Records Requests
Debbie LorangeSpecial Education Records
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Myca JohnsonCoordinator Elementary Special Education Services
Burton ElementaryEndeavour ElementaryImage ElementaryMarrion ElementarySifton ElementarySilverstar Elementary

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Talia Casci Noethig, Ph.D.Coordinator Elementary Special Education Services
talia.cascinoethig@evergreenps.org   Burnt Bridge Creek ElementaryColumbia Valley ElementaryFishers Landing ElementaryHarmony ElementaryIllahee Elementary  Mill Plain ElementaryPioneer ElementaryRiverview ElementarySunset Elementary

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Jill Zahm Coordinator Secondary Special Education Services
Cascade MiddleCovington Middle Frontier Middle Pacific Middle Shahala Middle Wy'East Middle Mountain View HighHELA High Heritage High Evergreen High 
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Melissa Huntington
Coordinator Early Childhood Special Education Services
Crestline ElementaryEllsworth ElementaryEmerald ElementaryFircrest ElementaryHearthwood ElementaryOrchards ElementaryPark Crest Early ChildhoodYork Elementary
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Amber LindlyCoordinator Hollingsworth Academy
Amber.Lindly@evergreenps.org  phone: 360-604-6720  

Evergreen Public Schools Special Education Department 

Telephone (360) 604-6700 | Fax (360) 604-6707 | office hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm