ESU 13 SPED Weekly Message


Inspiration for the Week

Another Kid President video for you to enjoy. You are all heroes for all the work you do for students. He nails it when he says you are awesome! Thanks for all you do for students and families in the Panhandle.
For the Heroes: A Pep Talk From Kid President

Inspiring Others

Kid President says it best: you have to let others know when they are being awesome! Please continue to submit nominations to Steve or Laura to enter that person into the $25 gift card drawing held at the beginning of each month.

Tri-State Law Conference

There was lots of great information shared at the Tri-State Law Conference. We will have a brief summary of what we learned during the Best Practice meeting on Tuesday. You can download the handouts here.

SPED Best Practice Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 3:30pm

4215 Avenue I

Scottsbluff, NE

All certified staff need to plan to attend this meeting. It will be available via DL. Agenda and notes for all Best Practice meetings are located here. (You must be logged into your Google Account. If you don't have your account set up yet, please contact Craig Hicks to set it up.)


  1. Employee Portal (Letitia)

  2. Monitoring Update

  3. Level III Behavior Program Discussion

  4. Workshops Attended

    1. Fall Foliage-Barb

    2. CID-Heather

    3. Bridging the Gap-Jessica and Jamie

    4. Para Conference-Sara

    5. Transition-Jan, Teresa

    6. Law Conference-Steve, Andrea, Jennifer, Laura, Sara

  5. Special Education Cadre

    1. December 9

  6. Upcoming Meetings:

    1. Jan 20

    2. Mar 17

    3. May 12

Staff Biography

Name: Kelli Garcia

Position/role: Job/Life Coach

How long have you been at ESU 13: 7 years

Education (certified, classified if you wish): classified

What you like best about working at ESU 13: I enjoy seeing the progress each student makes year after year and the independence they develop. I am truly impressed with the support our community provides each student by providing paid employment and a sense of belonging.

Hobbies and interests: Outdoor activities, fishing, yard work. I have 3 dogs that are a big part of my life, and considered family.

Anything else you would like to share: I have 3 children, 2 of them are grown and out on their own. My youngest is 15 and just started high school. Lily, my youngest was part of the upward bound program this last summer and continues to participate in preparing for college with the program as part of her high school schedule. She also volunteers out in the community. I also have 3 grandchildren ages 4, 1 and almost 1 on September 20th. They are a big part of my life and hold a special place in my heart.

Autism Award Nominations Sought

Friend of Autism

Do you know an educator who demonstrates remarkable dedication to individuals with autism spectrum disorders? Nominate them for the ASD Network

Friend of Autism Award. Nomination form available here.

New for 2015

FRIENDS of Autism

Do you know a team in which all members demonstrate a remarkable dedication to individuals with autism spectrum disorders? Team members can include (but aren’t limited to) special education teachers, para educators, regular education teachers, SLP’s, OT’s, PT’s, psychologists, parents and administrators. Nomination form available here.

Nomination Deadline is March 1st.