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Exceptional Learners

Wawasee offers a number of programs and services for the exceptional learners in their home schools.

Wawasee schools provide comprehensive special education services for students with disabilities, ages 3 through 22.  Students are educated in their home schools in the least restrictive environment that appropriately fits their academic and social needs, and provides functional skills programming at the developmental level in central locations.  Wawasee Special Education staff is dedicated to providing a continuum of services to meet the development needs of all students within the school corporation, in accordance with Indiana Article 7.


Children who are served through the Wawasee Special Education programs include the following special needs areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Blind or Low Vision
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Developmental Delays
  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Language or Speech Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairments
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Wawasee Special Education Faculty and Staff:

Central office:
Sandra Weaver - Director of Special Services

Michelle GraberSpecial Needs Secretary

Chris Dykhuisen - Psychologist

Debby Hardesty - Diagnostician/Blind Low Vision Teacher

Jenny Campbell - Mental Health Therapist - NWES, Milford 

Jenifer Mitchell  - Mental Health Therapist - WMS

Mark Mitchell - Mental Health Therapist - WHS, SES

Becca Snider - Mental Health Therapist - WHS

Wawasee Traveling Service Providers:
Amber Thomas- Speech Therapist

Kari Knepper - Hearing Impaired

Nancy Eggers - Occupational Therapist

Cindy Rosenbarger  - Occupational Therapist

Dave Fulkerson - Physical Therapist

Wawasee High School:

Tammy Helfers - Teacher

Tracy Swain- Teacher

Traci Henn - Teacher

Jamie Norris - Functional Skills Teacher

Wawasee Middle School:

Jason Scott - Teacher 8th Grade


Carla Stone - Teacher 7th Grade


Terri Blauvelt- Teacher 6th Grade


Sarah Stoelting - Teacher



 - Teacher Functional Skills



Milford Elementary/Middle School:
Tonya Haywood- Teacher 7th and 8th Grade

Jessica Taylor - Teacher, 4-6th Grade

Shari Upchurch - Teacher K-3rd Grade

North Webster Elementary:
Susan Haessig - Teacher K-3rd Grade

Wendy Jagger - Teacher 4th and 5th Grade

Dustin Stutsman - Teacher Functional Skills

Syracuse Elementary:
Cheyenne Blanchard- Teacher

Julie Hursey - Teacher

Message from the Director of Special Services:

As the Director of Exceptional Needs at Wawasee Schools I have the privilege of working in a corporation filled with a dedicated staff of service providers, teachers, administrators, parents and a great group of students.  At Wawasee we are dedicated to student centered programming to help prepare our students for success in their future academic and employment endeavors.

Sandra Weaver
Director of Special Services