Special Education

Special Education

Beacon Academy offers special education services for students with a range of supports and services for a variety of disability areas. We regularly use small group instruction, co-teaching, one-on-one service, indirect services, and direct services within the general education classroom. When appropriate, Beacon Academy contracts with related service providers for instruction in the following areas: Speech and Language Services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Audiological Services, Vision Services, School Psychology Services, Autism Specialist, Early Childhood Specialist, Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist, Physical/Health Disabilities Instructor, and Developmental Adaptive Physical Education.

What is Special Education?

The focus of special education is to ensure a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for eligible students identified to have a disability and who are in need of individualized and specially designed instruction. The instruction is designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability through an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Who can receive Special Education?

Children must meet specific criteria set by the State of Minnesota and the Federal Government to receive special education services. Eligibility determination occurs through a comprehensive evaluation conducted by the school. Please click HERE to review the disability categories and eligibility criteria.

(TSES) Plan for Beacon Academy

In accordance with Minnesota Rule 3525.1100, this document serves as the Total Special Education System (TSES) Plan for Beacon Academy. The TSES is a summary of Beacon’s policy and procedures related to special education services. To review the TSES for Beacon Academy, click here.

Special Education Staff

Special Education Coordinator

Emma Olson
Phone: 763.546.9999 x150
Email:  eolson@nullbeaconacademy.com

 

 

ChelseaAdministrative Assistant

Chelsea Bous
Phone: 763.546.9999 x151
Email: cbous@nullbeaconacademy.com

 

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Julie Markwardt
Phone: 763.546.9999 x162
Email: jmarkwardt@nullbeaconacademy.com

 

Special Education Teachers

LoriLori Foecke
Phone: 763.546.9999 x154
Email: lfoecke@nullbeaconacademy.com

 

 

 

MalloryMallory Scherber
Phone: 763.546.9999 x156
Email: mscherber@nullbeaconacademy.com

 

 

 

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Phone: 763.546.9999 x153
Email: sshun@nullbeaconacademy.com

 

 

 

SamanthaSamantha Springer
Phone: 763.546.9999 x157
Email: sspringer@nullbeaconacademy.com

 

 

 

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Michael Ricci
Phone: 763.546.9999 x155
Email: mricci@nullbeaconacademy.com

 

 

 

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Jodi Ford

Phone: 800.281.9980 x65
Email: jford@nullbeaconacademy.com

 

 

 

SEAC

Beacon Academy offers support for families with students in Special Education. The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) meets once a month at school and occasionally brings in professionals from our community to present on special topics.

WHAT IS A SEAC?
A SEAC (pronounced “seek”) is an acronym for Special Education Advisory Council, which is a group that provides input on special education issues to its local school district. Its purpose is to advise and advocate, not to decide policy. Minnesota law requires each school district in the state to have a SEAC although it does not specify how the groups should be organized or what duties they should perform. As a result, each SEAC may have a unique mission and structure.

WHY ARE SEACS IMPORTANT?
Local SEACs advise school districts on the development of programs and services to meet the special educational needs of children and families. By sharing their unique perspective of what it is like to use these services, parents can help the district to be more effective. As a result, outcomes for children with disabilities should improve.

WHY MIGHT I WANT TO PARTICIPATE ON A SEAC?
Parents give many reasons for joining a SEAC, including these:

  • I may be able to help other families and children with disabilities in my school district.
  • I can share what I’ve learned since my child began his education.
  • I can support the school professionals in my district.
  • I will be a good role model for my child.
  • I feel good when I make a contribution to this community.
  • I will learn information and skills that may help me work more effectively with my school district.
  • I will meet others with similar goals, both parents and school professionals.
  • I may build positive relationships with others in my district.
  • I will become more knowledgeable about special education.
  • By sharing my unique perspective and insights as a parent, I may help the school district work more effectively with families and improve outcomes for children.

What is Beacon Academy SEAC?
Beacon Academy SEAC is for all parents/families/guardian(s) of children who either have an IEP, a 504, or are interested in a discussion to seek information and/or resources regarding these. Parents and teachers/faculty will have opportunities throughout the year to participate in information nights about a variety of topics.

Information nights may include an expert in a topic being presented and will be open to parents and teachers as well as interested members. Some meetings will be a time for parents to discuss openly what is or isn’t working as well as access to information/resources that may be helpful in their own personal journey.

Parent Contact Information:
Rose Porwoll rmporwoll@nullgmail.com