Special Education Department
Manheim Central School Districct
Welcome to our Department
We offer learning support services, emotional support services, and life skills. We also offer related services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and autistic support services. Annual meetings are held each year to review the current IEP or GIEP to create goals for the learner to work on. If you have any questions, you should contact the case manager of your child.
The Special Education central offices are located at 281 White Oak Road, Manheim, PA 17545. To reach the department by phone, please call (717) 664-8521.
Pamela Watts - Director of Special Education
Jackie Ressler - Special Education Consultant
Suzanne Wolfe - Administrative Assistant
Ashli Stetter - Itinerant Autistic Support
What's Happening at MCSD
School to Work Foundations and School to Work Program
The School to Work program is designed to provide students with disabilities supported application of employability skills, community awareness skills, and independent living skills needed for after graduation.
The Next Step Program
Our District Learning Faciltators
Elementary Learning Facilitators
Rachel Artz - Life Skills Support and Autism at Doe Run
Meredith Baird - Emotional Support at Doe Run
Megan Shoemaker - Learning Support at Doe Run
Kayla Wheeler-Esteves - Supplemental Learning Support 2 - 4 at Doe Run
Aimee Szulborski - Supplemental Learning Support K-2 at Doe Run
Middle School Learning Facilitators
Mr. Jonas Atkinson - 5th to 8th Emotional Support
Mr. Matthew Bolin - 5th to 8th Emotional Support
Mrs. Catherine Dale - 5th and 6th learning support
Mrs. Janelle Groff - 5th and 6th grade Learning Support
Mrs. Angela Keeler - Life Skills Support
Miss Norene Miller - 7th and 8th learning support
Mrs. Abby Reiner - 7th and 8th learning support
Mr. Michael Smith - 7th and 8th learning support
Mrs. Cassandra Spickler - 5th and 6th Learning Support
Meet our Facility Dog, Apollo
High School Learning Facilitators
Kim Hatfield - School to Work Foundations and School to Work Program 9 - 12
Diane Heistand - Next Step Program 12+
Devon Warren - Learning Support Math 9 - 12
Mitch Heinsey - Learning Support Math and Science 9 - 12
Sandy Garrett - Learning Support English Language Arts 9 - 12
Gifted Learning Facilitators
Welcome back LEAPers! This year we will be immersed in various learning experiences that will enhance our knowledge base, while also enriching our ability to think abstractly and critically. Some will nurture their innate creativity, while others may develop a Passion Project based on a self-selected interest and purpose.
We look forward to empowering you to develop your full potential as a learner!
Middle School Gifted
In middle school, the gifted learners participate in OMEGA (Our Methods For Enriching/Educating Gifted Adolescents)! 5th, 6th, and 7th graders participate in pull-out sessions that rotate from morning to afternoon each cycle. In these sessions, they will experience both long and short-term units, projects, and activities that integrate different content areas. While participating in these activities, the learners are trained on the key types of Critical Thinking, described as “CogSkills” by C.H. Dadmun in her book Critical Thinking: Teach Your Kid How to Be Smart, Make good decisions, and Get things done. Opportunities for creativity are also integrated into these pull-out sessions. Additionally, there are shorter sessions throughout the 6-day cycle during IE sessions that will focus directly on math, ELA, and science enrichment. 8th graders attend small group OMEGA sessions every-other day during their IE time. They also become well-versed in using the Critical Thinking CogSkills. Activities tie in these thinking skills and creativity, and will focus on career exploration. Baron Time provides time for small group and one-on-one goal discussions and analysis for all of the gifted learners. Finally, affective development and work with the social-emotional traits of many gifted learners will be addressed in small groups as needed. Of course, too, our middle school OMEGA learners will have the opportunity to participate in IU 13’s SEE Seminars. This year, the See Seminars will be offered both in-person and virtually. So, overall, the MCMS gifted program focuses on thinking skills, , creativity, the integration and enrichment of content areas, and the individual needs of the gifted learners.
HIgh School Gifted
In the High School, gifted support comes in the form of behind-the-scenes advocacy, one-on-one guidance, and enrichment activities. We work to ensure that students are properly placed in their classes and specially instructed when their needs require extension in the curriculum and provide support for their post-secondary transition. We also provide an outlet for social/emotional learning, a space to spend time with like-minded learners, or simply a quiet, alternative location to complete schoolwork. Additionally, students may participate in SEE Seminars through the IU13 which are held virtually and/or in person and allow learners to learn and participate in a variety of activities and lessons with speakers who are experts in the respective topics. In short, the gifted program, referred to as ALPHA in the High School, is very student-centered; activities and field trips are planned in response to students’ interests and needs.
Lauren Dautrich - Elementary
Jon Clausen – 5-8 Middle School
Sara Cozzens - 9 - 12 High School
Speech and Language Therapists
Speech and Language therapists provide services for learners identified with needs through their IEPs. Learners work on goals to improve their access to their educational environment. Skills worked on include articulation, fluency, social use of language, and receptive and expressive language (i.e. grammar, vocabulary, summarizing). Services can be direct or consultative with direct services occurring in a group or individual setting based on the learners needs.
Stacey Valentin - Doe Run
Susan Gillian - Middle School
Dana (Hostetter) Metzler - Doe Run and High School
Lynne Weidner - Baron Elementary