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The Special Education and Student Services Department supports all students by addressing barriers to learning and enhancing healthy development. 

Our department ensures that student learning needs are met through classroom instruction, intervention, special education services and direct student and family assistance. Services that fall under the umbrella of our department include behavioral intervention, special education, health services, school psychology, student and family advocates, and early childhood special education. 

Student Support Services Administrative Team

The Student Support Services Administrative Team provides leadership, coordination, communication, training and support to district special education professionals, paraprofessional staff and building child study teams to ensure the implementation and compliance of special education programs and services for every student with a disability receiving special education in the district.

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Anthony Mayer

Anthony Mayer

Director of Student Services and Special Education
763-600-5080 
amayer@district16.org

Responsibilities include:

  • Special Education Services
  • Health Services
  • Student and Family Advocates
  • School Psychology
  • Section 504 Plans
  • Special Education Parent Advisory Council
  • Native American Parent Advisory Committee

 

Sarah Byrdziak

Sarah Byrdziak

Management Assistant: Student Services and Special Education
763-600-5081
sbyrdz@district16.org

Responsibilities include:

  • Student Services Office Management
  • Student Services Purchasing and Financing
  • SEDRA
  • Tuition Agreements
  • Homeschool and Private School Enrollments
  • Special Education MARSS Data Entry
  • Special Education Records

 

Emily Peterson

Emily Peterson 

Student Services and Special Education Coordinator
763-600-5073
epeter3@district16.org

Responsibilities include:

  • Early Childhood Special Education Services
  • Elementary (grades K-4) Special Education Services
  • Elementary Out of District Placements
  • Contracted Services
  • Speech/Language Services
  • Extended School Year (ESY) – ECSE/Elementary
Kaline Sandven

Kaline Sandven Marinello

Student Services and Special Education Coordinator
763-600-5083
ksandv@district16.org

Responsibilities include:

  • Secondary (grades 5-12) Special Education Services
  • Special Education Transition Services (ages 18-21)
  • Secondary Out of District Placements
  • Developmental Adapted Physical Education
  • Occupational/Physical Therapy Services
  • Extended School Year (ESY) – Secondary
Jill Tessman

Jill Tessman 

Dean for Student Services/Student and Family Advocate Lead
763-600-5029
jtessm@district16.org

Responsibilities include:

  • Dean for Student Services at Park Terrace Elementary School
  • Student and Family Advocates
  • School-based Mental Health
  • CLUES
  • Parent Academy
Emma Olson

Emma Olson

Licensed School Nurse/Lead Nurse
763-600-5104
eolson3@district16.org

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing Nursing Services
  • Assisting with Third Party Billing
  • Spring Lake Park High School R.N.
Shantell Gunderson

Shantell Gunderson

Management Assistant: Third Party Billing (TPB)
763-600-5025
sgunde@district16.org

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing Third Party Billing (TPB)
  • Completing billing with the Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Communicating with service providers
  • Managing SpED Forms accounts