Special education provides the opportunity for students with disabilities to learn and prepare for meaningful participating in society.  Western Heights Public Schools provides special education and other related services for students with disabilities.

Professional educators with special education training and expertise provide programs and assist parents in the decision-making process regarding individualized instruction for students with disabilities.  Each student receives services in the least restrictive environment (LRE), predominantly in the regular education classroom, thus allowing the student access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE).  Materials, supports, and specialized instruction are provided to assist children with disabilities so they may benefit from the educational program.

Programs and Services

Western Heights offers many programs to support students with disabilities.  The Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is determined by the level of support each individual student requires to receive benefit from their placement.  Support range from mild/moderate to severe/profound in each of the following programs:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment, Including Deafness
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairments
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment Including Blindness

Director of Special Services
Janel Cypert

Our Team

Janel Cypert
Director of Special Services

Kendra Cope
Special Education Coordinator
Winds West Elementary

Carmen Stafford
Special Education Coordinator
Council Grove Elementary

Angela Smith
Special Education Coordinator
Bridgestone Intermediate

Barbara Rhodes
Special Education Coordinator
Greenvale Elementary

Ambi Hill-Smith
Special Education Coordinator
Middle School

Matthew Olsen
Special Education Coordinator
John Glenn Elementary

Bridget Arnett
Special Education Coordinator
9th Grade & High School

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