Special Education


Theresa Kreider
Director of Special Services
(717) 872-9500 ext. 2227
Peggy Anastasio
Assistant Director of Special Services
(717) 872-9500 ext. 2244
Julie Yost
Special Education Coordinator
(717) 872-9520 ext. 3131


The district shall offer each student with a disability education programs and services that appropriately meet the student’s needs for educational, instructional, transitional and related services. A student who requires special education shall receive programs and services according to an individualized education program (IEP). The IEP shall provide access to the district’s general curriculum and participation in state and local assessments, including supplemental aids and services that permit the student to be educated, to the maximum extent appropriate, with their non-disabled peers. The district shall provide a continuum of placement options to appropriately meet the needs of students with disabilities.
Students with disabilities – School-aged children within the jurisdiction of the district who have been evaluated and found to have one or more disabilities as defined by law, and who require, because of such disabilities, special education and related services. School-aged children who have identified disabilities but do not require special education may be entitled to accommodations or services or to enroll in courses of study in the district which serve students with disabilities pursuant to other law or Board policy.
Individualized Education Program (IEP) – The written educational statement for each student with a disability that is developed, reviewed and revised in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations.


The district is required to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to children with disabilities who are determined, through the evaluation process, to need special education and related services under IDEA and 22 Pa. School Code §14.  A school age child with a disability, who is determined to be in need of special education and related services, is identified as a child with a disability eligible for special education in need of specially designed instruction.  The following are disability categories under IDEA:
•     Autism
•     Deafness
•     Deaf / Blindness
•     Emotional disturbance
•     Traumatic Brain Injury
•     Hearing Impairment
•     Specific Learning disability
•     Mental retardation
•     Multiple disabilities
•     Other health impairment
•     Speech and language impairment
•     Orthopedic Impairment
•     Visual Impairment including Blindness

Special Education Teachers at the High School:

Doug Anderson- learning support
Heidi Brandt- learning support
Jordan Jaffe-emotional support
Emily Lyons- learning support
Jodie Henderson- learning support
Melissa McMichael-life skills support
Rachel Taylor-school to work support
Michelle Wagner- learning support
Sally Wagner- emotional support