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About NCESD Special Education Support & Services

The North Central ESD offers a wide variety of services that include staff development training, technical assistance, and numerous resources for school districts and staff to assist with the educational program for students with disabilities. Many of these services are provided through a cooperative while others are fee for service.

Approximately 143,000 eligible students in Washington state receive special education and related services. The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) fulfills the requirements of the federal individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which ensures all children with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education.

Contact Us

For questions, please contact the Special Education department at (509) 665-2630 or reach out to one of the contacts below.

Darcy Johnson

Associate Director of Student Success and Learning

Leanne Lafferty

Assistant Director of Special Education

Raquel Ellis

Administrative Assistant

Itinerant Services

NCESD contracts with our local school districts to provide the following itinerant student support services:

Administrative Support

Our team support districts and schools with the day-to-day running of their special education programs by assisting with clerical and administrative processes.

Speech Language Pathology

Speech language pathologists work with students with speech and/or language disorders. Speech disorder refers to a problem with making sounds, while language disorder refers to a problem understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas. Therapists use a variety of strategies including language intervention activities, articulation therapy, and oral-motor/feeding and swallowing therapy.

Occupational Therapy

For children in schools, occupational therapy works to ensure that a student can participate in the full breadth of school activities — from paying attention in class; concentrating on the task at hand; holding a pencil, musical instrument, or book in the easiest way; or just behaving appropriately in class. Occupational therapy can boost a student’s self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

Physical Therapy

School-based physical therapists support a student’s ability to access their educational environment by assisting a student’s physical participation in a variety of settings throughout the school day. Physical therapists use a variety of treatments to help build strength, improve movement, and strengthen skills needed to complete daily activities.

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

The role of the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments is to provide direct and/or consultative special education services specific to vision loss. Our Teachers of the Visually Impaired work with the educational team by advising about ways of enhancing the student’s learning by adapting activities and materials to the student’s abilities. 

Orientation and Mobility Specialists

Orientation and Mobility specialists teach children and adults with blindness or vision impairments critical skills to remain oriented in their environments as well as specific mobility skills in order to travel safely, efficiently and as independently as possible. Specialists typically work one-on-one with students and tailor instruction to each individual to include skills such as effective use of the individual’s remaining senses, concept development, orientation skills, problem-solving, use of a long cane or other mobility systems, instruction in the use of optical and/org electronic devices, and more. 

School Psychologists

School psychologists use their expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth success academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school and the community.

Board Certified Behavior Analysts

Behavior Analysts work with students to overcome mental and social disabilities, often supporting students with autism and developmental disabilities. They assess and evaluate, then treat students with mental and social disabilities through techniques that allow them to analyze and customize treatment for each student.

Inclusion and Behavior Coaching

The behavior coach provides coaching for teachers to support both school-wide and classroom positive behavior interventions and supports. They focus on increasing the skills of the regular classroom teacher to better meet the needs of the student with behavioral and/or emotional issues.

Upcoming Professional Development for Student Supports

The North Central Educational Service District offers our districts the platform Professional Development Enroller (pdEnroller) to manage professional development opportunities. It is a mobile-friendly web service for event registration, payment, clock hour approval and clock hour recording.

Below is a list of our upcoming professional development events for Special Education staff. Click the event name or “Register” button for more details (it will take you to the pdEnroller website).



Meet Our Special Education Team

Speech Therapists

Anna Munsey

Speech Language Pathologist

Camille Shepler

Speech Language Pathologist

Carly Reiser

Carly Reiser

Speech Language Pathologist

Cathy Mullin

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Donna Drollinger

Speech Language Pathologist

Erika Cleverly

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Lindsey Harvey

Speech Language Pathologist

Madison Anderson

Speech Language Pathologist

Rayana Ness

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Motor Therapists

Brian Wilgus

Occupational Therapist

Jennifer Weeks

Occupational Therapist

Michelle Owen

Physical Therapist Assistant

Natalie Geisler

Occupational Therapist

Nicole Lyman

Occupational Therapist

Samantha Laskey

Physical Therapist

Shana Anders

Physical Therapist

School Psychologists

Amy Eddy

School Psychologist

Ashley Jantzer

School Psychologist

Heather Kelly

School Psychologist

Lisa Agnew-Santos

School Psychologist

Suzi Broaddus

School Psychologist

Behavior Specialists

Anna Troutman

Board Certified Behavioral Analyst

Emily Bushouse

Behavior & Inclusion Coach

Melissa Trammell

Board Certified Behavioral Analyst

Teachers of the Visually Impaired

Andrew Robinett

Teacher of Visually Impaired

Robin Whiteley

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Ryan Stieve

Teacher of Visually Impaired

Tarin Kendrick

Teacher of Visually Impaired


Darcy Johnson

Associate Director of Student Success and Learning

Leanne Lafferty

Assistant Director of Special Education

Raquel Ellis

Administrative Assistant

Regional Directories

DistrictProvider (click to send email)Service
CashmereMelissa TrammellBoard Certified Behavioral Analyst
CashmereRyan StieveTeacher of Visually Impaired
EntiatLisa Agnew-SantosSchool Psychologist
EntiatAnna MunseySpeech Language Pathologist
EntiatCathy MullenSpeech Language Pathologist Assistant
EntiatShana AndersPhysical Therapist
Lake ChelanMelissa TrammellBoard Certified Behavioral Analyst
MansonHeather KellySchool Psychologist
Birth-3 SupportLindsey HarveySpeech Language Pathologist
Birth-3 SupportBrian WilgusOccupational Therapist
Birth-3 SupportShana AndersPhysical Therapist
Birth-3 SupportRyan StieveTeacher of Visually Impaired
DistrictProvider (click to send email)Service
Birth-3 SupportLindsey HarveySpeech Language Pathologist
Birth-3 SupportBrian WilgusOccupational Therapist
Birth-3 SupportShana AndersPhysical Therapist
Birth-3 SupportRyan StieveTeacher of Visually Impaired
Birth-3 SupportAnna MunseySpeech Language Pathologist
Birth-3 SupportErika CleverlySpeech Language Pathologist Assistant
Birth-3 SupportNatalie GeislerOccupational Therapist
BridgeportHeather KellySchool Psychologist
BridgeportEmily BushouseBehavior & Inclusion Coach
BridgeportCamille SheplerSpeech Language Pathologist
BridgeportCathy MullinSpeech Language Pathologist Assistant
BridgeportBrian WilgusOccupational Therapist
BridgeportRyan StieveTeacher of Visually Impaired
EastmontAndrew RobinettTeacher of Visually Impaired
Grand Coulee DamSuzi BroaddusSchool Psychologist
Grand Coulee DamMelissa TrammellBoard Certified Behavioral Analyst
Grand Coulee DamMadison AndersonSpeech Language Pathologist
Grand Coulee DamErika CleverlySpeech Language Pathologist Assistant
Grand Coulee DamTarin KendrickTeacher of Visually Impaired
MansfieldHeather KellySchool Psychologist
MansfieldLindsey HarveySpeech Language Pathologist
MansfieldNatalie GeislerOccupational Therapist
OrondoCarly ReiserSpeech Language Pathologist
OrondoShana AndersPhysical Therapist
PalisadesAshley JantzerSchool Psychologist
PalisadesLindsey HarveySpeech Language Pathologist
PalisadesNatalie GeislerOccupational Therapist
WatervilleMadison AndersonSpeech Language Pathologist
WatervilleCathy MullinSpeech Language Pathologist Assistant
WatervilleShana AndersPhysical Therapist
WatervilleTarin KendrickTeacher of Visually Impaired
DistrictProvider (click to send email)Service
Birth-3 SupportRyan StieveTeacher of Visually Impaired
Birth-3 SupportNatalie GeislerOccupational Therapist
Birth-3 SupportLindsey HarveySpeech Language Pathologist
Coulee CityAmy EddySchool Psychologist
Coulee CityNatalie GeislerOccupational Therapist
Coulee CityTarin KendrickTeacher of Visually Impaired
EphrataAshley JantzerSchool Psychologist
EphrataMelissa TrammellBoard Certified Behavioral Analyst
EphrataAndrew RobinettTeacher of Visually Impaired
Moses LakeAndrew RobinettTeacher of Visually Impaired
Moses LakeRyan StieveTeacher of Visually Impaired
QuincyAmy EddySchool Psychologist
QuincySuzi BroaddusSchool Psychologist
QuincyDonna DrollingerSpeech Language Pathologist
QuincyRayana NessSpeech Language Pathologist Assistant
QuincyTarin KendrickTeacher of Visually Impaired
QuincyAndrew RobinettTeacher of Visually Impaired
Soap LakeRayana NessSpeech Language Pathologist Assistant
Soap LakeShana AndersPhysical Therapist
WardenAndrew RobinettTeacher of Visually Impaired
Wilson CreekSuzi BroaddusSchool Psychologist
Wilson CreekEmily BushouseBehavior & Inclusion Coach
Wilson CreekCamille SheplerSpeech Language Pathologist
Wilson CreekErika CleverlySpeech Language Pathologist Assistant
DistrictProvider (click to send email)Service
Birth-3 Support (Bright Start)Samantha LaskeyPhysical aTherapist
BrewsterRyan StieveTeacher of Visually Impaired
Methow ValleyCarly ReiserSpeech Language Pathologist
Methow ValleySamantha LaskeyPhysical Therapist
Methow ValleyRobin WhiteleyTeacher of Visually Impaired
NespelemAmy EddySchool Psychologist
NespelemCamille SheplerSpeech Language Pathologist
NespelemErika CleverlySpeech Language Pathologist Assistant
OmakJennifer WeeksOccupational Therapist
OmakSamantha LaskeyTeacher of Visually Impaired
OmakRobin WhiteleyTeacher of Visually Impaired
OrovilleEmily BushouseBehavior & Inclusion Coach
OrovilleCarly ReiserSpeech Language Pathologist
OrovilleJennifer WeeksOccupational Therapist
OkanoganRobin WhiteleyTeacher of Visually Impaired
TonasketEmily BushouseBehavior & Inclusion Coach

Budget Request Form

For NCESD Staff: Please use this form for ALL requests in Early Learning and Special Education Departments. Click here to access Budget Request Form