Special Education Parent Connect

Lovejoy ISD

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Welcome Parents!

Lovejoy ISD Special Education is honored to partner with you for your child's success. We are excited to share the first edition of the Special Education Parent Connect. This will be a monthly newsletter we will use to inform, collaborate and connect with you.
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Meet our Special Education Coordinators

Heather Fisher

Professional Background

  • During my 15 years in education, I have had the privilege to serve as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, dyslexia therapist, special education lead, dyslexia therapist instructor, and special education coordinator.

  • This is my 10th year supporting students, families, and staff in Lovejoy ISD!

  • Education:

    • Bachelor’s Degree - Dallas Baptist University

    • Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies - University of Texas at Arlington

    • Certified Academic Language Therapist - ALTA

    • Licensed Dyslexia Therapist - TDLR

    • Qualified Instructor Certificate - Scottish Rite for Children

Personal Highlights

  • My husband, John, and I celebrated our 25th anniversary this year!

  • We are incredibly proud of our 4 children ( Evan-23, Ava-21, Liam-19, & Juliet-17).

  • In my free time, I enjoy long walks, live music, and spending time with the people I love.

Roles and Responsibilities

In my current role, I have the opportunity to :

  • Support the implementation of special education and dyslexia services within the district

  • Develop and facilitate professional learning with campus teams

  • Support and develop specially designed instructional coaches, special education staff, and dyslexia therapists

  • Collaborate with content coordinators regarding curriculum resources, instruction, and intervention

Collaboration, Connection, Community

Daily, I support Lovejoy ISD’s mission to propel every person to personal excellence through collaboration, connection, and community. It is truly an honor to partner with staff and families to support students’ success!

Contact information

I look forward to connecting with you.

heather_fisher@lovejoyisd.net 469-742-8082

Allison Claunch

Hello! My name is Allison Claunch and I am delighted to be serving Lovejoy ISD as a Special Education Coordinator. I am entering my eighteenth year in education. I have served as a General Education Teacher, a Special Education Teacher, an Instructional Coach and most recently as an Assistant Principal for the past 5 years all in Frisco ISD.

I attended Texas A&M- Commerce where I received a Bachelors in Elementary Education. My Master’s degree in Educational Administration is from Lamar University.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, trying new restaurants and shopping. The love of my life is my sweet little boy, Eli who turned three this summer. I am so excited that he will join me as a little leopard at the Lovejoy Child Development Center this year.

Contact Information:

allison_claunch@lovejoyisd.net 469-742-8039

What is Special Education?

Special education means instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of a student with a disability. It includes any related services needed for the student to benefit from his or her special education services. Special education is not a place, but a set of services and supports that can be provided in many ways and in many different settings. What special education looks like for an individual student is outlined in his or her IEP. The IEP is developed by a team referred to in Texas as the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee. The parent is a member of the ARD committee.

SPEDTex.org is a wonderful resource for parents that are new to Special Education even parents with some experience . They provide resources and answers to many frequently asked questions. Check it out!

What is Special Education?

Parent Training

Region 10 offers Monthly, Family-Focused Webinars just for parents! Click on the picture and it will link you to registration.
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Special and Gifted Education

What is SAGE?

A thriving partnership between parents, teachers and administration to enhance the education of every student while aiding them to achieve their highest potential.

What is the Purpose?

Create Awareness, Promote Connection and Provide Education= ACE

What are the Goals?

SAGE representatives will communicate regularly with the campus principal, celebrate calendar awareness days and hold events for connection and collaboration.

Click below to view the presentation recently shared at each campus SAGE meeting.

Lovejoy ISD- Special Education Advisory Team

We are so excited about the Special Education Advisory Committee this year! Our first meeting was and we have plans to meet once a quarter. This committee is an extension of the District Improvement Plan and is made up of parents, staff, district personnel and SAGE representatives.

Lovejoy 2030: Strategic Target

Lovejoy ISD will prioritize program reviews that evaluate program efficiency and program experience.


Utilize the district and campus improvement planning teams and district committees/teams to provide feedback, identify strengths, gaps and needs of programs to assist with evaluation and recommendations for improving the student experience.

Special Education Goals for the year:

  • Increase home-school communication

  • Enrichment opportunities

  • Investigate resources to empower parents and community

Special Olympics

We are SO excited to announce that Special Olympics is back in full force this year! Eligible students will compete in bowling, basketball skills as well as track and field. The bowling competition will be the second week in January. Basketball and Track competition dates will be coming soon!

Meet Vicki Foederer! She is Lovejoy's Adapted PE teacher and is heading up our Special Olympic teams! Vicki is new to Lovejoy ISD and has jumped in right away and has our Special Olympics program set up for success. Vicki's vision for Special Olympics has been a bright shining light and we are so excited for the opportunities our kiddos will have this year.

Bowling practice will begin in November! Students will travel to Allen Bowl November 3, 10, 17 and December 1-8.

If you have questions about Special Olympics, please contact your students case manager.

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