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Special Services

Issaquah School District Special Services programs serve students with disabilities from birth through twenty-one years who reside within district boundaries. As specified in federal and state law, students with disabilities are served in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent possible. Thus, at all schools in the district, there are students with special needs participating as appropriate in general education classrooms and general education curriculum.

Special education services include individualized, specially-designed instruction in academic, self-help, communication, motor, vocational and social skill areas. Individual Education Programs (IEPs) are developed at least annually. IEP goals are written for each student based on the results of formal and informal testing and observations. Some student will also have objectives for each goal. The district carefully sequences instruction and maintains data about student progress.

Special Services Administrators

Dr. Dana Bailey, Executive Director
Tara Slinn, Director – Elementary LRC I
Joan Lawson, Director – Secondary LRC I
Sharine Carver, Director – ACT / ECE / LRC II
Dr. Lindsay Myatich, Director - Behavior / Inclusion

Department Contact Information

Karin Farrar – Administrative Assistant – 425-837-7085
Kelly Cespedes – Elementary LRC I – 425-837-7143
Ursula Baba – Secondary LRC I – 425-837-7090
Teresa Larson – ACT / ECE / LRC II – 425-837-7167
Gina Pijpker - Behavior / Inclusion - 425-837-7012

Student Records Contact Information

Email - specialedrecords@issaquah.wednet.edu
Fax - 425-837-7029


Nondiscrimination Statement

The Issaquah School District complies with all applicable federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities, or employment related matters, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees are designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, District Title IX Coordinator, Section 504/ADA Coordinator or Compliance Coordinator for 28A.540 and 28A.642 RCW, in writing or by telephone. The Issaquah School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all educational programs, services and activities. For information regarding interpretation and translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact Kathy Connally in writing or by telephone.

  • Human Resources and District Civil Rights (Title VII)
    Lisa Hechtman, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
    5150 220th AVE SE
    Issaquah, WA 98029
    425-837-7062
    hechtmanl@issaquah.wednet.edu
  • Title IX Coordinator
    Amanda Dorey, Director of Human Resources
    5150 220th AVE SE
    Issaquah, WA 98029
    425-837-7056
    doreya@issaquah.wednet.edu
  • District HIB Coordinator
    Melissa Evans, Assistant Director of Student Interventions - Compliance 
    5150 220th AVE SE
    Issaquah, WA 98029
    425-837-7109
    evansm@issaquah.wednet.edu
  • Public Records Officer
    Tricia Romo
    5150 220th AVE SE
    Issaquah, WA 98029
    425-837-7178
    romot@issaquah.wednet.edu
  • Student-Related Issues, Section 504 Coordinator
    Pam Ridenour, Director of Student Interventions
    5150 220th AVE SE
    Issaquah, WA 98029
    425-837-7157
    ridenourp@issaquah.wednet.edu