Special education team
Ms. Eleese Dorsey: Director of Special Education
Mrs. Jennifer Brennan: Manager of Special Education
Ms. Meg Amarante: 6th Grade Special Education Teacher
Ms. Brittany Crawford: 7th Grade Special Education Teacher
Ms. Nancy Coner: 8th Grade Special Education Teacher
Ms. Brittany McNabb: Self-Contained Special Education Teacher
What we do
Our special education team designs instruction, support, and services, to students with an identified disability requiring an individually designed instructional program to meet their unique learning needs. We believe all children can and will learn regardless of the barriers presented by their disability.
Indiana's Laws, Rules, and Regulations including student's rights protected in Article 7.
IN*SOURCE: Family Support and Advocacy
Family Voices of Indiana: Family Support and Advocacy
The Arc: Family Support and Advocacy
About Special Kids: Family Support and Advocacy
Understood.org: A parent resource identifying the 13 areas of IEP eligibility.
Question: What is an IEP?
Answer: Individualized Educational Plan. The IEP is a legally binding plan that is specially designed by a team, including the parent, that explains how a child will be educated to address her/his academic, social-emotional, and functional needs.
Question: My child has a disability. Does he need an IEP?
Answer: Not necessarily. A child's disability must be one of the 13 eligible categories identified by federal law and that child must need special education services to access his/her general education curriculum.
Question: Will my child have to work in a separate room if he/she has an IEP?
Answer: Not necessarily. Although a separate class can be considered, this decision is made by the Case Conference Committee, including the parent. KIPP Indy supports inclusion, but ultimately where and how the student is educated is determined by the team at a case conference.
Question: I want to make changes to my child's IEP. What can I do?
Answer: The parent is a key stakeholder in providing for a student's success. You can request a case conference at any time for all members of the team to adjoin, review or revise your student's IEP. Minimally, schools are required to hold a case conference annually.