Special Education

What does Student Support at MMS look like?

All students at Mesa are IB students. Every student spends the majority of their time in IB general education classrooms. At the same time, Mesa offers support in multiple areas including: academic, behavioral, mental health, social/emotional, and speech. 

Depending on the needs of the student, there are various levels of service provided. Some of these include:
  • MTSS/RTI - specific, targeted interventions for students who struggle to meet academic or behavior expectations
  • 504 Plan - legal accommodations for students who have a disability that "substantially limits" their ability to learn and impacts daily functions 
  • IEP - legal, Individualized Education Plan for students with a learning disability who require accommodations and/or modifications to access the general education curriculum
    • Consult services
    • Team-taught classes (two teachers) in core classes - typically math and Language Arts
    • Small, pull-out classes in math and Language Arts (differentiated curriculum)
Students who have IEP's are able to access assistance from Learning Specialists during ME Time for more direct help. In addition, Learning Specialists work with the general education teachers to ensure that IEP accommodations are in place for classroom activities, projects, and assessments. Specialists also work with the entire staff to assure that our culture is inclusive, positive, and all students have many opportunities for success. 

In order for students to receive services such as a 504 or an IEP, they must complete an initial eligibility process. If they qualify, they will be assigned a case manager. 

Who are the Case Managers / Learning Specialists?
Dept. Chair
7th/8th Grade 
Dept. Chair

8th Grade 

7th/8th Grade 

7th Grade 

   8th Grade Humanities
7th Grade LA Polar

 Laurel Long

Center-based:  SED/Autism


  Heather Zywicki


 Mary Caricato & 
Butch Bradley

Center-based:  SSN

Educational Assistants:

Joni Blayter
Libby Anderson
Michelle Dunkleberger
Kimberly Wills
Stefanie Holmes
Sharie Heff
Gwen Clancy
Jordan Meyers
Terry Brownfield
Garrett Jacobson
Jodie Malito
Laurianna May
Mental Health:
Angela Hollis -- School Psychologist
Kristina Lengerich -- School Social Worker
Hannah Karcher - School Psychologist
MMS Counseling Dept.

Itinerant Support - district people serving multiple schools: 
Linda Niemann - Middle School Special Education Coordinator
Kristi Byrd - Autism Specialist
Meagan Korell - School Nurse
Trina LovatoQuattlebaum - Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Amy Antes - Occupational Therapy

Mesa Resources: General Special Education Resources for Parents:


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