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Overview

Our team of specialized professionals is dedicated to assuring a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. We serve over 800 students who range in age from birth through 21.

Each one of our schools serves students with special needs. Most students are able to attend their neighborhood schools and every effort is made to integrate students into a regular classroom setting. For students with unique needs, we have specialty programs in various schools across the District to best meet these specific needs.

If you have questions about the Special Education program, or need to request records, email special-education@rpsmn.org. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Families play an important role not only in the development of their children but in the development of our school program as a whole. One of the ways that we keep the connection between families and school in our special education department is through the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).

SEAC is a team of parents/guardians and staff who meet regularly throughout the school year. Meetings include updates on current special education topics and how the information relates to services for students. While some parents choose to attend nearly every meeting, we also welcome those of you who just want to drop in on one meeting to see what it is all about, or to drop in whenever your schedule allows.

Your ideas and contributions will be important considerations in the decision-making process. As a member of SEAC you will join other parents and school district staff to:

  • Provide input into the decision-making process of the special education department.
  • Promote communication between families, school and community.
  • Advocate for high-quality educational programs for all learners.

We will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. online. The 2023-24 meeting dates are:

  • October 24, 2023
  • December 20, 2023
  • February 27, 2024
  • April 17, 2024

Work Experience Advisory Committee (WEAC)

The mission of the Work Experience Advisory Committee (WEAC) is to advise the Richfield Public School’s work-based learning program, empowering students to create a plan for their future and develop skills to excel as members of society.

The first meeting date of 2023-24 will be on October 10, 2023, from 4-4:45 p.m. All meetings will be held virtually. For information on joining the meeting, email callen.mcinnes@rpsmn.org.

  • October 10, 2023
  • November 14, 2023
  • December 12, 2023
  • January 9, 2024
  • February 13, 2024
  • March 12, 2024
  • March 21, 2024* (Job Olympics student event, all day)
  • April 9, 2024
  • May 14, 2024

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Contacts

ANGELA TAYLOR

SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPERVISOR, Secondary Special Education
South Education Center

ECSE & Elementary Special Education Lead Teachers

DEBORAH GREELEY

SPECIAL EDUCATION LEAD
Sheridan Hills Elementary

AMBER LAMPRON

SPECIAL EDUCATION LEAD, Early Childhood Special Education
Central Education Center

NICOLE PATOCK

SPECIAL EDUCATION LEAD
Centennial Elementary

SARAH SMITH

SPECIAL EDUCATION LEAD
Richfield Dual Language School

SADIE TOLLMAN

SPECIAL EDUCATION LEAD
Richfield STEM Elementary

Secondary Special Education Lead Teachers

MARGARET HOEHN

SPECIAL EDUCATION LEAD
Richfield College Experience Program

SARAH OLSON

SPECIAL EDUCATION LEAD
Richfield High School

MICHAEL PETERSEN

SPECIAL EDUCATION LEAD
Richfield Middle School

District-Wide Teacher Support

SHANNON RITT

TOSA-TEACHER PROGRAM COORDINAT
District Office

MICHELLE THOEMKE

TOSA-TEACHER PROGRAM COORDINAT
District Office

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