Special Education Programs

Special Education Staff

Sunrise ElementaryDawn FermanichMary Theis
Merryman ElementaryJennifer DemmithEileen Jagielski
Garfield ElementaryJodi Wahl
Park ElementaryRoxanne CarlsonTammy Lesandrini
Marinette Middle SchoolTracy GraweyLori ThillCharlie Siem,Susan SyverudKaren MaddoxAlison StaussCarly TadischEmily Trebel
Marinette High SchoolScot SkLeif BergShawn McMahonJacob McMahonNate AndersonBlake JerseyBethany EmlerKandace Larsen

Early Childhood

We believe that each child is a unique individual with a special set of interests, needs, and abilities. We plan and provide for a safe and educationally-centered environment that promotes the children’s social/emotional, physical, and academic abilities. We provide students with the tools and supports necessary to be successful on their educational journey. We educate students in their Least Restrictive Environment using academic and sensory intervention and support within inclusive co-teaching environments.

Our staff is committed to providing a successful beginning to each child’s educational experience. We are certified in early childhood development and focus on the whole child. We provide instruction in;

academic skills
  • social/emotional skills
  • functional skills (dressing, feeding, toileting, etc)
  • physical development
  • sensory processing supports

The Menekaunee Sunrise Early Learning Center team is committed to partnering with families in preparing children for a successful transition to our 4K/5K programs. Parent involvement is encouraged and supported within the program through Literacy Night activities, parenting support classes, field trips, and classroom activities.

Specific Learning Disability

The Specific Learning Disabilities Department believes every child will reach their full potential through relevant and purposeful instruction and assessments that correlate with a student’s individual learning needs.

Through co-teaching and individualized instruction, students’ academic needs in the areas of reading, written language, and math are addressed in order to improve student deficiencies. The school district’s inclusion model immerses students in literacy through Readers and Writers Workshop using teaching techniques such as co-teaching, direct instruction, collaborative team planning and small group interventions.

The department strives to be a 21st Century Learning Environment by using such technologies as interactive whiteboards, Chromebooks, iPads and other devices that give our students the best access to learning.

Students who are 14 years of age and older are prepared to transition to adult life by developing an individualized transition plan and incorporating transition skills into their individualized programming.

Intellectual Disability

Marinette School District Intellectual Disabilities department believes that every student brings their own strengths and experiences to learning. The department strives to be a 21st Century Learning Environment by using such technologies as interactive whiteboards, Chromebooks, iPads and other devices that give our students the best access to learning. To ensure a safe learning environment our licensed teachers are trained in, Non-Violent crisis intervention, CPR, and attendant care services to name a few.

Students who are 14 years of age and older are prepared to transition to adult life by developing an individualized transition plan and incorporating transition skills into their individualized programming. We also work with DVR- Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to help our students transition into beyond the School District of Marinette.

Our ID program goal is to empower students through skill development in academics, social skills, life/functional skills, employment skills, transition services and other relevant coursework, for each student to be an engaged learner and a productive member of our community.

Emotional Behavioral Disability

The Emotional Behavioral Disabilities (EBD) program strives for students to enhance their social and emotional well being in order to develop the necessary skills to become productive and essential members of our community.

The EBD program strives to enhance students’ social/emotional skill sets by providing the opportunities through Social /emotional regulation skill groups, Life Skills training and a continuum of least restrictive educational environments to accommodate student social/emotional/academic needs.

The EBD program also offers opportunities for students who are 14 years of age or older to explore post high school opportunities through School to Work Transition services, Vocational/Employability Skills (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation), Workplace Soft Skills Training, community based field trips, job shadowing and work experience opportunities.