Special Education

Welcome to the Special Education Department for West Aurora School District 129. We provide a wide continuum of quality programs which create optimal learning experiences to meet each child’s individualized needs. Our department serves not only our students, but their families and district staff.  

Diagnostic services to assist in educational planning are provided when specific individual evaluations are necessary. All services are coordinated with general education and parents.  Special Education Services are accessed through a problem-solving process conducted by our PPS building teams by request. The Pupil Personnel Team meets regularly to discuss concerns and make recommendations if further action is deemed appropriate. Each building has a PPS Team leader to assist in facilitating this process.

If a student is found eligible through the evaluation process, a variety of instructional programs are available. These include consultation with classroom staff, in-class support, resource room assistance, and specialized instructional classes. In addition, a range of related services may be included such as speech/language therapy, occupational or physical therapy, and counseling services.

West Aurora School District 129 is committed to providing an education that addresses the unique potential of each child we serve.  As a department, we strive to serve our school community and develop collaborative relationships with parents and staff.

Related Service Log Notice

The District maintains related service logs that document the type and number of minutes of related service administered under a student’s individualized education program (IEP). These related service logs will be available to parents/guardians at a student’s annual review IEP meeting. Parents/guardians may also request a copy of any IEP related service log maintained for their child. Please direct any requests for a copy of a related service log to your child’s individual provider.

Aviso Sobre Registros de Servicio Relacionado

El Distrito mantiene registros de servicios relacionados que documentan el tipo y la cantidad de minutos de servicios administrados bajo el Programa de Educación Individualizado (IEP) del estudiante. Estos registros de servicios relacionados estarán disponibles para los padres/tutores en la junta anual de revisión del Programa de Educación Individualizado (IEP) del estudiante. Los padres/tutores también pueden solicitar una copia de cualquier registro de servicio relacionado con el Programa de Educación Individualizado (IEP) que se mantenga para su hijo. Dirija cualquier solicitud de una copia del registro de servicios relacionados al proveedor individual de su hijo.

Jennifer Herman

Jennifer Herman

Director, Special Education
Darlyne Hedge

Darlyne Hedge

Special Education Coordinator
Mark Siekierski

Mark Siekierski

Assistant Director, Special Education
Janice Gont

Janice Gont

Curriculum Coordinator, Special Education
Rachel Naleway

Rachel Naleway

Assistant Director
Megan Mussano

Megan Mussano

Assistive Technology Coordinator
Lisa Rausch

Lisa Rausch

Assistant Director
Jaclyn Waldvogel

Jaclyn Waldvogel

Curriculum Coordinator, Outplacement & Parochial K-12
Lara Delgado

Lara Delgado

Office Professional
Debbie Glock

Debbie Glock

Office Professional, Special Education