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Special Education

Meet the Special Education Staff at Columbus 

Melinda Antonson- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & Developmental Cognitive Disability (DCD)                               


Stephanie  Mihm- Learning Disabilities (LD) & Emotional Behavioral Disability (EBD)


Abigail Resch- Emotional Behavioral Disorder (EBD)                                    


RaeAnn Kubes- Occupational Therapy (OT)                             


David North- Adapted Physical Education (DAPE)                      

Paraprofessional Staff

Julie Riisager     Alicia SanNicolas       Julie Hyrkas       Kelsey Pulczinski          Rick Ahartz                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What is Special Education?

Special Education is specifically designed instruction to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities from birth to age 21.  These services are based on federal and state guidelines.  Students who are eligible for service(s), work with dedicated special education staff individually,  as needed in either their mainstream classroom or with pull-out to a smaller setting.  

Areas of service under the Special Education Categories :

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)

  • Developmental Cognitive Disability (DCD)

  • Developmental Disability (DD)

  • Emotional/Behavioral Disability (EBD)

  • Other Health Disability (OHD)

  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

  • Speech/Language Impairment (SLI)

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Related Services Include:

  • Adaptive Physical Education (DAPE)

  • District Nurse

  • Occupational Therapy (OT)

  • Physical Therapy (PT)

If you are concerned about your child’s progress in school, please discuss your concerns with your child’s classroom teacher or the school psychologist Nicole Kovar at 651-982-8949 Learn more about the district's Special Education program