Special Education - Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency

Special Education

Description of Special Education Division

  The purpose of the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency Special Education Division, as a leader in providing services for individuals from birth to age 21 with special needs, is to achieve high levels of learning through equitable access to quality education for each student in an environment of mutual respect, trust, enthusiasm and cooperation.

Major Functions:


  • Develop and implement Individual Family Service Plans for infants and toddlers
  • Develop and implement Individualized Educational Programs
  • Provide free, appropriate services to children/students with disabilities
  • Make changes in our educational systems so that the learning of all students is enhanced



  • Audiologists
  • Audiometrists
  • Communication Aides
  • Educational Consultants
  • Home Intervention Teachers
  • Itinerant Teachers
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Visually Impaired
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • Physical Therapists
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Secretarial Support Staff
  • Speech/Language Pathologists
  • Transition Specialist


Resource Teams:                  

  • Assistive Technology Team
  • Autism and Challenging Behavior Resource Team
  • Brain Injury Team
  • Parent Educator Connection





Assistive Technology
Autism and Chalenging Behavior Resource Team
Brain Injury Team
Coping with the Sudden Death of a Student
Early Childhood
IEP and Related Forms
Occupational Therapy

Parent-Educator Connection
Physical Therapy
Social Work
Speech Language Services
Vision Department
Web IEP Link



The Integrated Services Platform provides expertise through programs and services that meet expectations outlined by the state for AEAs, while meeting the needs of our schools through effective and efficient delivery and evaluation of results. Having the Special Education and General Education Divisions join forces makes us more effective at improving instruction for all students.

Services provided by the Integrated Services Plat form include school improvement, school and community planning, house file 2272 support, curriculum support, data network technology support, staff development, K-12 lending libraries, driver education, student programs staff development, a professional library, a curriculum laboratory, video production and duplication, and special education services which include Audiologists, Audiometrists, Communication Aides, Educational Consultants, Home Intervention Teachers, Itinerant Teachers, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired, Occupational Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Physical Therapists, School Psychologists, Social Workers, Secretarial Support Staff, Speech/Language Pathologists, and Transition Specialist.



 Donna Brase 
Executive Director's Secretary
Phone:  563-344-6302

Rachel Pena
Executive Secretary
Phone: 563-344-6206  



Mary Shihadeh

Early Childhood Coordinator
Phone: 563-344-6265

Brian Foy
Assistant Coordinator of Low Incidence
Phone: 563-344-6275


Sara Gerard
Coordinator's Secretary
Phone: 563-344-6268


Georgie Koenig
Sector I Coordinator
Phone: 563-242-6454 

Mary Cashman 
Sector Coordinator II
Phone: 563-344-6260

JoAnne Dixson 
Sector Coordinator III
Phone: 563-263-8476

Jadie Meyer 
Sector Coordinator IV
Phone: 563-344-6245


Lindsey Hall 
Coordinator's Secretary
Phone: 563-242-6454

Sally Christophersen 
Coordinator's Secretary
Phone: 563-344-6231

Deb Chamberlin 
Coordinator's Secretary
Phone: 563-263-8476

Anna Johnson 
Coordinator's Secretary
Phone: 563-344-6240


Jennifer Hawley
Sector I Head/ Speech Dept. Head
Phone: 563-242-6454

Michele Martin
Sector II Head/School Psychology Dept. Head 
Phone: 563-344-6244







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