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Special Education

Special Education

Special Education Services provide comprehensive and individualized programs for students with disabilities. Services are provided to students ages three through high school and to some students until age 21. Students are identified in accordance with Federal and State laws governing public schools. The Special Education Department provides specialized instruction based on the student's written plan called an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Students with the following impairments and a need for special education may receive special education services:
  • Autism
  • Significant Developmental Delay
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disability
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech & Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Orthopedic Disability
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Vision Impairment
  • Deaf/Hearing Impairment
Related Services are provided when they are necessary for the student to benefit from their special education program and may include:
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Health/Nursing Services
  • Transportation
  • Audiology
  • Psychological Services
  • Vocational and Transitional training
  • Orientation and Mobility

Special Education Overview

The Baldwin-Woodville Area School District is dedicated to its mission;  "to create a safe, productive, and respectful learning environment that will meet the needs of all students to be lifelong learners". This includes students who are serviced through the special education team.  We are committed to the challenge of engaging students in learning activities that will allow them to make progress toward common core state standards in our efforts to exceed local, state and national standards.  We thrive to support a safe learning environment for all and to allow for our students to be prepared for life following high school.
In addition to providing child specific, individualized and differentiated instruction, our team provides a full range of specialized educational services to students with disabilities. It is our goal to ensure that each student has the opportunity to have access to general education curriculum and common core state standards and achieves to his/her greatest potential. 
Our special education team does its best to determine the most appropriate educational environments for each student. This determination is made with the child’s parents. We prefer to educate our students with disabilities with their non disabled peers whenever appropriate.  When making these decisions we must consider the needs of all students.  We will consider placement in an environment other than the general education classroom when the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in the general education class cannot be achieved satisfactorily even with the use of supplemental aides and services. 
Our special education programs are cross-categorical.  Each child is placed in the program best suited to deliver the services specified in the students Individualized Education Plan, regardless of the student’s disability. Program placement decisions are made in order to ensure the best fit for each child to reach his/her potential.

Screening and Child Find

The Baldin-Woodville Area School District has a comprehensive screening program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district.  Children are referred for special education evaluations by school staff including the classroom teacher, parents and other community service agencies (such as St. Croix County Birth to Three, Head Start, area preschools and day cares). 
Child Development Days - Each year the Special Education Team conducts pre-school screenings for three and four year olds. Child Development Days are held each fall for students and parents to learn about child development and for the child to be screened for potential need areas. These screenings allow for district staff to assess a child’s social, emotional, cognitive, motor and speech development as well as vision and hearing. Please watch the newspaper for dates for the next Child Development Day.  If you have a concern regarding the development of your child ages 3-5, please contact the Pupil Services Office.  You do not need to wait for the next Child Development Day for a screening.


If you have questions regarding the needs of your child and/or the special education process, please contact Leah Johnson-Freer, Director of Student Services at 715-684-3334 ext. 2202.

  Director of Pupil Services
Leah Johnson-Freer
715-684-3334 ext. 2202

Administrative Assistant

Tami McManus
715-684-3334 ext. 2200
  School Psychologist
Brenda Bergquist
715-684-3334 ext. 2205
Christi Skamfer
715-698-2456 ext. 3114

Greenfield Certified Staff

Kailey Bonte
Matthew Vande Berg
Char Grant
Megan Martinson
Jen Sarauer
Rachel Hanson
Charlie Leikness
Greenfield Support Staff
PJ Stark-Ramberg
Laura Snyder
Terri Smith
Renata Wood
Jodi Volgren
Amy Haney
Chris Phelps
Traci Hable
Kelly Meyers
Beth Gerrits
Michelle Dickhausen
Marilyn Gleason
Dawn Hackner
Elizabeth Davis
Erin Northup
Collette Earley
Hillary Maurer
Kari Hoefer
Norma McGee

Viking Certified Staff
Lori Isaacson
Karrie Johnson
Laurie Klat
Viking Support Staff
Tonya Bennis
Jessica Ostrowski
Holly Weyer
Christine Edin
Crystine Wheeler

High School Certified Staff

 Jen Nickowski
Eric Harmon
Beth Branscombe

High School Support Staff
Margene Nygaard​
Abby Goossen
Emily Rognholt
Tera Hennen
Nicolle Emmert
Jessica Leavitt

Speech & Language

Jill Peterson Erickson
Shelley Borgeson
Molly Johnston
Linda Quam

Occupational Therapy

Carissa Kusilek
Colleen Augustin - COTA
April Graese

Physical Therapy

Becky Lease

Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Heidi Wefel

Vision Impaired

Mary Seep


Cris Canton